Daniel is from the Illawarra region. New South Wales. He is employed at Groman Enterprises, Wollongong and trained at Illawarra Institute of TAFE. Daniel’s category expert was Grant Stewart, employed by TAFE New South Wales and also an international Medal winner.
Daniel accepted an offer to complete an apprenticeship after he carried out two weeks of work experience in high school. His experience is as vast as commercial, industrial and domestic aspects in all areas of the industry. Daniel believes that a trade qualification can provide both a paved career path for the future or skills for everyday life.
The WorldSkills competitions made Daniel work hard to achieve his goals, but it has also given him greater confidence in the work place and in life. He has passion for his job because each day starts with a new challenge. His future challenge is to set up a successful business.
Daniel received a Medallion of Excellence for his performance in the Plumbing category in Japan.
Where is Daniel now?
Looking back on the WorldSkills International Competition experience, Daniel feels life has changed since he competed. He feels more confident with his work and capabilities.
And in the next 12 months…
“In the next 12 months I would have completed my license courses and will be striving to start my own business as well as doing some part time teaching at the local TAFE College passing on my skills and experiences that I had gained from WorldSkills.”
A few words for the competitors of Team Australia, Calgary 2009
“Train as much as you possibly can, that little bit extra you put in might give you that edge over your competitors. What you put in is what you get out. You have one opportunity of a lifetime to expand your knowledge and skills in your trade and you only have one shot to show what your made of, so don’t waste it. Give it all you’ve got.”