“I am extremely proud to be involved with WorldSkills Australia and cannot wait to compete at the International Competition in London. The whole process has helped to improve and further my skills and as a result there is never a shortage of work.”
It’s a family affair for Jake! Jake’s mum, dad and three brothers are each involved in the construction and building industry, therefore it was no surprise that Jake had a strong interest in pursuing a career in wall and floor tiling.
Jake would recommend a trade to others as he believes it is a “great lifestyle, holds a challenge where every day is different and provides a good financial income for those willing to work hard.” Jake describes wall and floor tiling as an “exciting and fast paced trade.”
Jake enjoys the job satisfaction gained through seeing the excited expression on the clients face when a project is completed. Jake prides himself on his attention to detail and thoroughness which is an important quality to have in his line of work.
In the short term Jake plans to continue working as a sub contractor and expanding his skills and later down the track Jake has inspiring goals, he plans to manage his own company.
Jake is looking forward to travelling somewhere new and seeing how other countries administer tiling patterns and techniques when he competes at the WorldSkills International Competition in London, UK 2011.
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Ron is employed by Polytechnic West and is a lecturer in Wall and Floor Tiling as well as working as a contractor. Ron’s WorldSkills involvement started in 1989 as Regional Judge. Since 1994 Ron has trained Western Australia Wall and Floor Tiling competitors and in 1997 became WA Regional Coordinator and has been a Judge at WorldSkills Australia National Competitions since 2000. Ron travelled to Calgary, Canada in 2009 to mentor former Wall and Floor Tiling Skillaroo Peter Steinweiss, who returned home with a Bronze Medal. Ron’s suggestion to all Skillaroos is to “put the effort into training and planning well in advance of the competition. When the competition starts it’s too late. Follow your daily plan. Stay relaxed and focussed. These four days of your life can never be repeated. Enjoy the experience as you are Australia’s best.”