Training Institute: TAFE NSW Illawarra Institute, Wollongong Campus
Qualification: Certificate III in Retail Baking (Combined)
National Results: Gold Medal
Skillaroo John Reminis’ passion for his trade shines through his determination and boundless creativity.
How would you describe yourself in five terms or less?
I would describe myself as a leader, driven, passionate, assertive and humble.
What do you enjoy most about your job?
I enjoy making delicious products for customers every day. I also enjoy the science and technical skill behind a loaf of bread and all the processes and methods taken to achieve the perfect loaf. I love to make artesian breads including sour dough, ciabatta, baguettes and different sorts of rye breads.
In your opinion, what are the benefits of pursuing a career via a vocational education and training pathway?
In my opinion, the benefits are endless. Firstly, it provides young people with a purpose and life career. The learning experiences and opportunities provided by VET are never-ending. Our country was built on trades, so it would be a benefit to Australia to keep the country alive and booming.
How has WorldSkills Australia assisted you both personally and professionally?
WorldSkills Australia has helped me in numerous ways. First and foremost, it has helped me to gain confidence in myself socially and in creating new friendships and connections with passionate and dedicated people. It has also taken me around the country, which was a rare and an amazing opportunity. Professionally, WorldSkills Australia has helped push me to be better at my job. In doing so, this has enabled me to improve my techniques to ensure that I am kept up to date with world class methodology. Lastly, I am grateful that World Skills has opened up doors to contacts with well-respected members of the baking industry, who I have immeasurably learned from over the years.
Would you recommend others to participate in a WorldSkills Australia competition? What advice would you give them?
I would most definitely recommend other young people have a crack at a WorldSkills Australia competition. It gives you the opportunity to challenge yourself and learn new skills within your trade. You get to meet other talented tradespeople and network with people in the industry. Not only this, but WorldSkills Australia competitions push you out of your comfort zone and challenges you to grow as a person.
How do you feel about representing Australia in São Paulo, Brazil?
Being chosen to represent Australia in Brazil is the biggest and most proud achievement of my life. I intend to grab this opportunity with both hands and ensure it will be a life changing experience.
An accomplished professional in his industry, Deputy Chief Expert, Ashley Schmidt is dedicated to nurturing the next generation of trades and skills talent.
How long have you been involved with WorldSkills Australia?
Why have you chosen to volunteer your time with WorldSkills Australia?
As a past successful competitor at a WorldSkills Australia National Competition, I love helping the young trades people of today to try and achieve the best they can against their peers. Doing this at an international level is exciting for our industry here in Australia and gives the young apprentices something to strive for.
Describe how your involvement with WorldSkills Australia has benefited you personally and professionally.
It has given me greater confidence – knowing you can achieve anything if you give it a go and put in the time required. Professionally as a TAFE lecturer/trainer, it makes me want to help the young apprentices of today have the opportunity to participate and experience what I was able to with my own success. It also started my drive to compete in other baking competitions, two of which I was successful with winning.
Would you recommend others to get involved in WorldSkills Australia competitions? What advice would you give them?
Yes, yes, yes! The young competitors look up to you and appreciate everything you do to make their experience a memorable one.
What advice would you give to the 2015 Skillaroos?
Anything is achievable if you put in the effort. Have no regrets – do the best you can and train, train, train!