Training Institute: TAFE NSW Northern Sydney Institute, Hornsby College
Regional Results: Gold
National Results: Gold
Qualification: Certificate III in Software Applications, Certificate IV in Web Design, Diploma of Web Development
“The WorldSkills Australia competition environment has assisted me in becoming more comfortable in pressured situations at work. It provided me with an opportunity to showcase my skills, meet a variety of likeminded people and most importantly, it has given me more confidence in my abilities. Winning a national gold medal in the industry I love was extremely gratifying.”
Mitchell LaRosa was interested in the field of web design from early on. His talent for problem solving only encouraged his pursuit for a formal qualification in the area of web design and development. Once he completed his Diploma of Web Design, he sought out full time employment and landed a dream job at Squiz Australia, a commercial web content management company.
Mitchell enjoys using his analytical skills to deliver creative and innovative solutions for each of his clients. “Web design is challenging and every job and website is different so I’m always learning and creating. The industry also has a lot of room to expand your knowledge and I find just by working in the industry I’m constantly learning new things,” says Mitchell.
Mitchell hopes to expand his current skill-set through diversifying his portfolio and working on a broader range of websites and systems. He is keen to continue to learn more about the web design industry in the hope of moving up into a more technical role.
Jarrad is the founder and Director of a graphic and web design business, Jala Design and is also employed by TAFE NSW Hornsby Campus in Web Design. Jarrad won a gold medal in Web Design at the 2005 WorldSkills International Competition in Helsinki and is committed to mentoring the next generation of web design competitors. Jarrad wants to help move Australia above its current world ranking in web design. His advice for Mitchell and other competitors is, “you only get one opportunity to compete at WorldSkills on an international stage, so don’t leave anything to chance. Make sure you are prepared for any situation that may come your way whilst competing.”