Ap­pren­tice wires up a win

WAT­TERS ELEC­TRI­CAL AP­PREN­TICE TAKES OUT WORLDSKILLS RE­GIONAL ELEC­TRI­CAL IN­STAL­LA­TION COM­PE­TI­TION

Shepparton News - - NEWS - By Sion­nie Kelly

Shep­par­ton’s Wat­ters Elec­tri­cal third-year ap­pren­tice Shaun Davis proved to be the bright­est spark at this year’s WorldSkills Re­gional Elec­tri­cal In­stal­la­tion Com­pe­ti­tion.

Mr Davis took out first place and is now el­i­gi­ble for se­lec­tion to rep­re­sent Vic­to­ria in the Na­tional WorldSkills Com­pe­ti­tion in Sydney next year.

During the com­pe­ti­tion, Mr Davis had to wire up a switch­board, sev­eral ap­pli­ances and some out­lets.

‘‘I wasn’t ex­pect­ing to win at all, I went there and I thought, ‘I’ll give it a crack’ but I was a bit pes­simistic on the sit­u­a­tion so it was a bit of a sur­prise to win,’’ he said.

This was the first time Mr Davis has com­peted in a com­pe­ti­tion like this, which took eight hours to com­plete.

Mr Davis’ Goul­burn Ovens In­sti­tute of TAFE elec­tri­cal teacher Dar­ren Cooke sug­gested he en­ter the com­pe­ti­tion.

Mr Cooke said it was the first year GOTAFE had en­tered elec­tri­cal stu­dents in the com­pe­ti­tion and they com­peted against Bendigo TAFE.

In to­tal seven ap­pren­tices went head-to-head against each other and Mr Cooke said the com­pe­ti­tion was a real test of skills.

Wat­ters Elec­tri­cal ad­min­is­tra­tion man­ager David Bas­sett said it was fan­tas­tic Mr Davis had taken out first place in the com­pe­ti­tion.

‘‘For him per­son­ally and for our busi­ness, it’s fan­tas­tic,’’ he said.

Mr Davis said he had en­joyed be­ing an ap­pren­tice elec­tri­cian be­cause of the va­ri­ety of work.

‘‘The guys are great to work with here and there’s heaps to learn,’’ he said.

As for the Na­tional WorldSkills Com­pe­ti­tion in Sydney next year, Mr Davis was not ex­pect­ing to win that one.

‘‘I don’t think I’ll get all the way through but I’m happy to have a go at it,’’ he said.

I WASN’T EX­PECT­ING TO WIN AT ALL, I WENT THERE AND I THOUGHT, ‘I’LL GIVE IT A CRACK’ ...

— SHAUN DAVIS

Pic­ture: Julie Mercer

Happy days: Wat­ters Elec­tri­cal ad­min­is­tra­tion man­ager David Bas­sett, GOTAFE elec­tri­cal teacher Dar­ren Cooke and Wat­ters Elec­tri­cal third-year ap­pren­tice Shaun Davis.

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