Nicholas Johnston


WorldSkills Abu Dhabi 2017

Nick has always had a passion for woodwork so when it came time to decide on a career path cabinetmaking seemed like a logical option. This decision was reinforced once he got to TAFE and really enjoyed the course.

“Everything is different and challenging. I enjoy looking at the finished project and feeling like I have done something special,” he says.

Nick was introduced to WorldSkills through his TAFE lecturer and supported by his employer who was a past competitor. He has found the experience to be a really enjoyable challenge that has encouraged him to push himself to be quicker and more accurate in the work he produces.

In addition to the new skills he is developing, Nick is also an enthusiastic supporter of encouraging more young people into learning a trade.

“Go for it! You’ve got nothing to lose and there’s plenty of opportunities out there to find jobs and find something that you really enjoy. You get to learn while you work and also earn some money if you get into an apprenticeship.  So go for it, get out there and try a skill or a trade,” he says.

Nicholas Johnston is supported by:


Jason Hindes

Passionate about timber and its use in furniture-making, Chief Expert in Cabinetmaking, Jason Hindes enjoys sharing his knowledge and passion for his industry.

Jason started his journey with WorldSkills Australia as a competitor, he loved the experience and wanted to keep helping more tradespeople succeed and become the best in the world.

He also thanks WorldSkills Australia for helping him when he first started his career giving him confidence, before directing him to a teaching role for many years and finally, as Chief International Expert, through which he can give bank to the industry.