David McPherson

“WorldSkills has made me strive to get the best outcome out of everything I do, I now give it my best shot the first time around.  Professionally, competing in WorldSkills competitions has helped me in my trade, as I’ve learnt things that I wouldn’t have learnt otherwise and am now more confident in my work.”

David’s exposure to the industry consisted of a work experience stint followed by an apprenticeship.

In his job David most enjoys the variety and the challenges of the different tasks that come along each day. “I am lucky that my job provides me with the opportunity to learn something new every day.”

David has got his future well mapped out. In the short term David hopes to become a better electrician, finish his apprenticeship and get his electrical license. In the future David would like to travel and work overseas.

David is very excited about the prospect of competing at the WorldSkills International Competition in London, UK as this is also his first trip overseas.  With David’s burning curiosity about the world, it seems this will not be his last trip overseas, rather the first of many.

Favourite motto? 
When the going gets tough, the tough get going.

In one word describe how you feel about representing Australia in London?


Andrew Arthur

Andrew is employed as an Electrical Maintenance Leading Hand for United Group Limited. He is currently working on the Clem Jones Tunnel in Brisbane, Queensland. Andrew has been involved with WorldSkills Australia for the past six years. He has been a Convenor, International Competitor, WorldSkills Australia/WorldSkills International Youth Forum Delegate and Judge for the WorldSkills Australia National Competition Brisbane 2010. Andrew won a Silver Medal in Manufacturing Team Challenge at the WorldSkills International Competition Calgary, Canada 2009. Andrew’s aim is to provide David with every opportunity possible to make him a better tradesman and competitor. Andrew is looking forward to helping run a challenging, fair and exciting International Competition. Andrew’s advice is “Give it everything, no regrets!”