Training Institute: Melbourne Polytechnic, Fairfield Campus
Qualification: Certificate III in Jewellery Manufacture
National Results: Gold Medal
Skillaroo Jyothi Forman’s passion for her trade is proven by her determination to be the best and keen eye for detail.
How would you describe yourself in five terms or less?
I am conscientious and determined.
What do you enjoy most about your job?
I love the whole process of hand making a unique piece of jewellery. It is such a rewarding process to start out with raw materials and create beautiful pieces.
In your opinion, what are the benefits of pursuing a career via a vocational education and training pathway?
For people who enjoy working in a practical, hands-on manner there are so many benefits to pursuing a career in a vocational education and training pathway. You get to study a course that directly relates to your trade. Another bonus is you don’t have to get a huge HECS debt, as VET courses usually have much more affordable fees.
How has WorldSkills Australia assisted you both personally and professionally?
WorldSkills Australia has shown me how much I can achieve. I did a lot of training in the lead up to the 2014 WorldSkills Australia National Competition, and winning gold was the greatest reward. Not only have I improved my skills, I have become more confident at work, improved my time management, use metal more efficiently and I can handle pressure better.
Would you recommend others to participate in a WorldSkills Australia competition? What advice would you give them?
I would definitely recommend everyone eligible to enter a WorldSkills Australia competition to do so. It is a great opportunity to challenge yourself, and who wouldn’t want to improve their skills, confidence and have the chance to travel the world? Work hard, prepare, listen to all of the advice offered to you by mentors or trainers and, most importantly, enjoy the whole experience.
How do you feel about representing Australia in São Paulo, Brazil?
It is such an honour to represent Australia in São Paulo as a 2015 Skillaroo. I am so proud, excited and honoured to be wearing the Australian uniform. It is going to be an incredible experience to compete for my country alongside Australia’s most talented young tradespeople.
International Expert in Jewellery, Darren May is a long time mentor with a clear passion for nurturing young talent.
How long have you been involved with WorldSkills Australia?
Why have you chosen to volunteer your time with WorldSkills Australia?
There’s nothing more fulfilling than seeing the evolution both technically and mentally of a young competitor from Regional to International, and to know that this person will emerge from this fantastic journey at the pinnacle of their craft.
Describe how your involvement with WorldSkills Australia has benefited you personally and professionally.
I can’t be any prouder to be involved. To see a competitor evolve from before to after competition is just the best thing. Professionally, WorldSkills Australia has enabled me to develop skills and experience that directly influence my work habits today. The many professional friendships formed both nationally and internationally have opened career opportunities that otherwise may never have happened.
Would you recommend others to get involved in WorldSkills Australia competitions? What advice would you give them?
Absolutely – as a trainer or judge I would say get in there! The opportunity to pass on one’s knowledge and perhaps in doing so create opportunities for and improve the skills of a younger person is just the best thing. Don’t be afraid to try. An opportunity missed is an opportunity lost, and I am yet to find a young competitor who has not gained from the experience.
What advice would you give to the 2015 Skillaroos?
Make that commitment to strive for your best. Enjoy the moment and have no regrets.