“Personally, WorldSkills Australia has helped me to become more serious about my job and professionally it has shown me how much I can achieve in my trade through pushing myself and striving to continually learn new skills.”
Gustavo was introduced to the painting trade at a young age as painting runs through Gustavo’s family. It was through gaining hands-on work experience with his brother (also a painter) as well as establishing some insight into the trade that motivated Gustavo to pursue painting as a career.
Gustavo recommends participating in WorldSkills Competitions because “it gives you the opportunity to make great friendships and the experience one can get from this is unbelievable.”
Gustavo aims to win Gold at the WorldSkills International Competition, however his main goal to simply be the best he can be. In the long term of his career, Gustavo would like to run his own business and be successful in whichever path he chooses.
Gustavo is looking forward to the atmosphere of the International Competition and going head- to- head against the world’s best young tradespeople.
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Ian is a teacher at TAFE NSW- Hunter Institute, Newcastle Campus and was first involved with WorldSkills Australia as a competitor in 1989. Ian has since been Judge, Convenor and Designer for previous competitions and helped train the 2003, 2007 and 2009 International Competitors in St Gallen, Japan and Canada. Ian will train Gustavo to achieve Gold Medal standards. His advice to Gustavo and Skillaroos is to “train and compete as an elite athlete would.”