Automotive Mechanics Training Camp

The Automotive Mechanics Training camp was held from the 31 July- 3 August in Victoria ahead of the 2014 WorldSkills Australia National Competition, Perth.

The training camp saw five competitors from around Australia attend including; Ashley Viney from Tasmania, Kurt Trask from Brisbane, Brian Kirkman from Melbourne, Aaron Cornelios from Victoria Country and Karl Davies from Ballarat/Wimmera.

On Friday 1 August the competitors commenced their training at BMW Group’s National Training Centre in Mulgrave, where competitors were provided with the opportunity to work through the questions and concerns they’ve had in their preparation for the National Competition.

Whilst there competitors were able to work through several simulated tasks which were monitored by four of WorldSkills Australia’s talented volunteers and experts, Brian Gray, John Francis, Phil Austin and Grant Petch, who also helped identify areas for improvement.

After a debrief of the day’s activities, the training relocated to Ballarat, where the competitors spent Saturday and Sunday at Federation University in the automotive workshop.

“Here we continued to challenge the competitors with diagnosis and repair tasks, stopping periodically to discuss areas for focus and improvement,” said Phil Austin.

The final day of the training camp was solely focused on the national competitors strengths and weaknesses, “we asked the guys to develop their own development plan from there that will get them to the podium in September,” said Phil Austin.