Bright sparks win gold

Apprentices Anthony Cobb and Dylan Bell are the top young electrical tradies in the nation, after taking out gold at the WorldSkills Nationals competition last month. They trained at Central Queensland University (CQU).

Dylan, who is employed at Boyne Smelters, won in the Electrical Control category. Anthony, who works at Gladstone Ports Corporation, triumphed in Electrical Installation.

Anthony, who competed against 12 other apprentices to win gold, said he was “pretty stoked” and that his on and off-the-job training put him in good stead.

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

Dylan, a fourth-year apprentice, said “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.”

Their CQU teacher, David Rees from the Gladstone City campus, couldn’t be prouder.

“They’re both impressive young men, very quick and eager learners and they have clearly had very good people where they each work to enable them to put the theory they’ve learned into practice,” he said.

Gladstone Ports Corporation CEO Peter O’Sullivan attributed Anthony’s success to the hard work he put into preparing for the competition and the mentors and trainers who supported him.

“His win is testament to his commitment to the trade and his work ethic, and we’re thrilled it paid off for him,” he said.
The Skills Show was a fantastic opportunity for young apprentices across a range of trade areas to show off their skills and showcased the many pathways and potential careers that Australian Apprenticeships offer.

Some medallists will be chosen to become a Skillaroo and represent Australia at WorldSkills international competition in Kazan, Russia, in 2019. The Skills Squad will be announced in August.

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