SEMMA Member Ringwood Training is proud to have produced award winning trainees and apprentices at the recent WorldSkills Australia National Championships. Held from 17-19 August at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, a total of 470 young Australians have battled it out in Melbourne across 55 skills areas over three days for the chance to be named the country’s top tradespeople, apprentices, and trainees.
The competition saw the best trainees and apprentices go head-to-head in high-pressure skills competition, Ringwood Training had five competitors compete in Sheetmetal & VETis Metal & Engineering. Ed Howe, Josh Britt and Clayton Wright (former RSC student) competed in the Sheetmetal category, with Clayton taking Gold medal as best Sheetmetal tradesperson in the country. Justin Wilson and Nathan Valmorbida competed in VETis Metal and Engineering category, with Justin taking Bronze medal.
Also involved, in addition to the competitors at the event, Shayne van der Heide as a Welding Judge and David Wilson as Metals Trades Convenor and Sheetmetal Judge.
The WorldSkills Australia National Championships are held every two years. The top Australian performers – the Skillaroos – will now compete against 82 member countries for the title of the world’s most skilled country at the 2024 International Competition in France. Unfortunately Clayton will not get the chance to represent Australia as a Skillaroo as Sheetmetal is not currently a trade category at International level of competition.
Well done to all the RT team involved and Congratulations to Clayton and Justin.