- Region Melbourne
- Employer S & M Panels
Training Institute: Chisholm Institute of TAFE, Dandenong
Regional Results: Gold
National Results: Gold
Qualification: Certificate III in Automotive Vehicle Body
“Being involved in the WorldSkills competition process has been a life changing experience. Although, it was extremely tough to be up against the best in the nation and the world, the feeling of completing the tasks set was an incredible experience and something I will never forget.”
Dayne’s father has owned a panel shop since before he was born. He has always looked up to his father as a mentor and from a very young age he knew that autobody repair was the industry for him. “I grew up watching dad work around the shop and I constantly asked a lot of questions about what he was doing and why. Cars have always fascinated me and by growing up around them I developed an incredible appreciation of the type of work my dad did. I never even considered any other pathway, just watching dad’s satisfaction in restoring a car to its original form was enough to sell the career for me. Now I get to enjoy the feeling of standing back and appreciating the expressions on my clients’ faces when they see their precious cars looking new again,” said Dayne.
In his work, Dayne enjoys that every day there is something different to do, “one day I could be removing rust in an older car and welding it back up or the next day I could be straightening out a heavily damaged car, it’s constantly varied, challenging and never boring.”
In the future Dayne hopes to open his own business and pursue his interest in automotive engineering.
Adam works for TAFE NSW Hunter Institute as an Autobody Repair teacher. Adam first began his WorldSkills journey as a
competitor where he made it through to a National Competition. Adam remained involved with WorldSkills Australia as he
enjoyed working with competitors who were willing to learn and motivated to succeed. Adam has judged at the last three National
Competitions and has mentored two of the last three international competitors in his category. The 42nd WorldSkills International
Competition will be the first international event Adam will judge in. Adam’s advice to Dayne and the Skillaroos is, “enjoy the
opportunity that you have earned and focus on gaining as much knowledge as possible in the short amount of time you have.”