It was whilst Jarrad was still at school that he stumbled across his chosen career, Jarrad had always had an interest in computers and when he was offered an apprenticeship at the end of Year 10, he jumped at the opportunity.
Whilst studying at Hornsby TAFE that Jarrad was introduced to the Worldskills Australia competition process, Jarrad was initially encouraged by his TAFE teachers but it wasn’t until he was introduced to some ex-International WorldSkills competitors that his interest began.
Jarrad entered and won his Sydney regional competition and found himself on a plane to Brisbane to contest the 2004 WorldSkills Australia National Finals. After 3 days of intense competition Jarrad won gold and the right to represent Australia at the 38th International WorldSkills Competition in Helsinki, Finland.
Jarrad completed the intense four day competition in Helsinki and was awarded the Gold Medal and the title of being the world’s most outstanding young Web Designer. Jarrad was also awarded the Best In The Country by scoring the highest score in the competition for the Australian Team.
Jarrad says “winning gold is a once in a life time opportunity. Competing in an international arena for your country is not something everyone gets a go at….I was so proud to represent Australia%22. Jarrad credits his success to the positive attitude he applies to his life and the support he receives from his family, friends, girlfriend and his TAFE teachers at Hornsby TAFE.
Jarrad now runs his own design agency – Jala Design – whilst passing on his talents to future designers by teaching design skills at TAFE. He continues his involvement with Worldskills as a National Judge and International Expert.
1999 – Citizenship Award from Baulkham Hills Council
2001 – Pricipals Award from Pennant Hills High School
2002 – Outstanding Student Award from Hornsby TAFE
2005 – Gold Medal, 38th WorldSkills International Competition
2005 – Best of the Nation for Australia, 38th WorldSkills International Competition
2005 – TAFE NSW Student Of The Year
2005 – TAFE NSW IT Student Of The Year
2005 – Baulkham Hills Council Tertiary Student Of The Year
2005 – Baulkham Hills Council Science And Technology