Benjamin Dean

How did you get into the industry?
I did work experience in the electrical trade and then was given the opportunity to take on an apprenticeship with the company I%27m working for now – Laser Electrical, Ballarat.

Would you recommend a trade/skill based career to others?
I would definitely recommend a trade to others as it provides you with many great opportunities and skills that will last you a lifetime.

How has WorldSkills Australia helped you so far personally & professionally?
The experience has definitely given me a boost of confidence in my trade and also resulted in recognition for my work. Success in the WSA competitions has built up my profile as an electrician in my local area.

Would you recommend others participate in the WorldSkills Competitions?
Yes, I would definitely recommend it to others as it offers you so much and enhances your career.

What do you enjoy most about your job?
I enjoy the challenges each day presents and the technical aspect in my day to day tasks.

What do you hope to achieve in both short and long terms of your career?
I hope to become one of the best electricians in my area and in the long term would like to run my own business.

Ballarat Regional Competition 2007: Gold
National Competition 2008: Gold


Warren Carlyon

Warren is employed as electrician and draftsperson at Gladstone Ports Corporation Limited. Warren has been involved with WorldSkills as Convenor and Judge for the Central Queensland Region from 1997 to present. Warren was Team Leader for Central Queensland National Team from 1998 to 2002 and Chief Judge at the 2006 and 2008 National Competitions. Warren%27s aim is to challenge competitors so they may grow into the best possible tradesperson they can be and support, encourage and guide Benjamin to achieve the best possible result he can. Warren%27s advice is to %22make the most of the opportunity, train hard, compete hard, win hard, enjoy hard and live hard%22.