Hannah is currently training with Pallion for the chance to represent Australia at the world’s largest vocational skills competition – WorldSkills Abu Dhabi 2017.
Pallion is Australasia’s largest precious metals group and the gold partner to WorldSkills jewellery sector and is dedicated to supporting new and upcoming jewellers in the industry.
Hannah kicked off with International Chief Expert and National Expert at WorldsSkills Australia, Darren May who has been part of WorldSkills for the past 25 years. As Global Manager for Jewellery at Pallion, Darren has unparalleled resources, skills and experience – Hannah is in safe hands!
Training with Pallion at their facilities in Sydney has allowed Hannah to have extensive hands-on experience. The 5-week trip included training in Pallion HQ where Hannah was put under testing conditions. This included competition familiarisation, giving Hannah the opportunity to complete past international competition work and completing the pieces within a strict day-by-day timeline.
The training continued for Hannah with a trip to Narooma to study and train with Jyothi Forman, jewellery silver medalist from WorldSkills São Paulo 2015. Jyothi also trained extensively with Darren at Pallion. Jyothi provided Hannah with insider-knowledge from her trip to Brazil to prepare Hannah for what’s to come. Training for the Skills Squad is tough and competitors often live in a ‘WorldSkills bubble’; eat, sleep, train, repeat. Stepping outside the training regime is important so Hannah, Jyothi and Darren took some time for team-bonding and catching waves in a surfing lesson (pictured).
Hannah has completed her trip and is now back in Broome where she continue her training, supported by her employer Jewels of the Kimberley. Pallion and the entire team wish Hannah the best of luck for the competition!