CQUni-trained pair battle it out at WorldSkills Nationals comp in Brisbane

30 August 2021

CQUniversity-trained tradies Jayden Kiss and Shawn Ingham have put their skills and knowledge to the test at the Queensland round of the WorldSkills national competition in Brisbane recently.

While COVID-19 meant the WorldSkills Nationals event couldn't be held in Perth as originally planned' satellite competitions were set up in other states' giving Shawn and Jayden the chance to represent Queensland.

The pair competed in the Heavy Vehicle category of the event which was held from 27-28 August at TAFE Queensland Acacia Ridge.

Shawn' who is employed by the Gladstone Ports Corporation said he found the WorldSkills Nationals a challenge.

'It was certainly challenging coming from a mobile plant operator background'' he said.

'The comp revolved around trucks which was a little different from what I'm used to' but I think I did alright.'

Shawn studied a Certificate III in Mobile Plant Technology at CQUniversity from 2017-2019.

Jayden' who works for ADS Maintenance and studied Certificate III and IV in Engineering at CQUniversity' also competed for the first time in the WorldSkills nationals.

'There was a lot more around trucks at this event' which made it a bit hard' but I think I got through it ok'' he said.

'I think the training I received at CQUni TAFE gave us some of the knowledge we needed to do the competition for sure.'

The final results of the WorldSkills nationals are expected to be announced following the Victorian state event in October.

For more information visit www.worldskills.org.au