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Gladstone apprentice pair claim gold at WorldSkills Nationals in Sydney

Gladstone apprentice pair claim gold at WorldSkills Nationals in Sydney

Published:06 June 2018

CQUniversity-trained apprentices Anthony Cobb (left) and Dylan Bell (right) are the top young electrical tradies in the nation, after taking out gold at the WorldSkills Nationals competition in Sydney this week. Photos by WorldSkills Australia. All rights reserved. Used by permission.

CQUniversity-trained apprentices Dylan Bell and Anthony Cobb are the top young electrical tradies in the nation, after taking out gold at the WorldSkills Nationals competition in Sydney this week.

The pair from Gladstone claimed gold after several days of competition against other apprentices around Australia with Dylan taking out the Electrical Control category and Anthony the Electrical Installation section.

Dylan and Anthony were part of a contingent of eight CQUniversity-trained apprentices who competed at the event held at the International Convention Centre from 2-5 June.

The competitors’ skills are put to the test through a series of tasks in all manner of trade areas, including electrical, fitting and turning, automotive, welding and more.

Anthony, who is an electrical apprentice for the Gladstone Ports Corporation Limited, was still buzzing over his win in the Electrical Installation category.

“Yeah, I’m pretty stoked – pretty excited,” he said.

“The task had some challenges – some I could do in 45 minutes, others over a day-and-a-half, but I was able to manage it.”

Anthony competed against 12 other apprentices to win gold and said his on-the-job training and his vocational training put him in good stead.

“Without all of that training I wouldn’t have made it very far – it helped me so much,” he said.

Dylan, who is a fourth-year apprentice at Boyne Smelters Limited, took out gold in the Electrical Control category.

“It’s definitely a good feeling to have won – it certainly was unexpected,” Dylan said.

“The competition was pretty good overall. I didn’t think it was going to be as big as it was.

“It was an awesome feeling when I heard my name – I was shaking a bit on stage.

“The training and preparation all came good for me in the end.”

The other CQUniversity-trained competitors were Nathan Dunnett (Electrical Control), Mitchell Robertson (Welding), Lochie Anderson (Heavy Vehicle Mechanical), Steven Perfect (Automotive Mechanical), Zak Karran (Fitting) and Jason Vasquez (Turning).

Central Queensland WorldSkills Regional Coordinator Suzie Lane said although the other competitors didn’t receive medals “they all did their best”.

“What we have to remember is that they all are Regional Winners in their skill area, and are now among the elite in Australia,” she said.

CQUniversity Automotive Teacher and WorldSkills Life member Devin Flor attended the event and said from a past competitor’s perspective the competition was a success.

“The competition went very well – and from what I could see the competitors who won certainly were the ones who deserved to win,” he said.

CQUni Pro Vice-Chancellor VET Operations and Growth Peter Heilbuth congratulated Dylan, Anthony on claiming gold and said all the competitors should be proud of their achievements at WorldSkills.

“It’s a fantastic achievement for Dylan and Anthony, but the other boys have put in a tremendous effort in representing their region and their state and we’re certainly proud of them,” he said.

“Their success is truly an endorsement of the quality of CQUni trades training.

“Congratulations to them, their teachers and all those who supported these boys on their WorldSkills journeys.”

For more information on WorldSkills visit www.worldskills.org.au