National Medalists Win $8k International Award

Sixteen national competition medalists have been selected to take part in the BBM Youth Support Award for Skilled Futures Award to further their training and professional development through work experience in the UK next year.

Following their success at the 2016 WorldSkills Australia National Competition in Melbourne, the recipients of the BBM Award are:

  • Scott Shearan, Auto Electrical (pictured)
  • Damien Kleyn, Autobody Repair
  • Tyler Atkinson, Cabinetmaking
  • Matthew Hurley, Carpentry
  • Matthew Wills, Cookery
  • Jackson Kirby, Electrical Control
  • Michele Leuci, Electrical Control
  • Nicholas Lennox, Electrical Installation
  • Zak Biggin, Engineering Team Challenge
  • Jordan Andrews, Hairdressing
  • Jordan Cahill, Landscape Construction
  • Joshua Cunico, Retail Butchery
  • Alexander Slinger, Retail Baking – Bread
  • Brendon Woodward, Retail Baking – Bread
  • Cejay Alsop, Sheetmetal Work
  • Hamish Chamley, Sheetmetal Work

BBM Youth Support and WorldSkills Australia first partnered in 2000 to select and grant young and talented apprentices and TAFE students with this Award. The $8k Award program is designed to enhance the participants’ career prospects and provide them with invaluable international experience in their respective trades and skills. Typically, awardees spend a minimum of a month in the UK but more often than not stay longer to build their international networks or undertake field trips to other parts of Europe to further their knowledge.

WorldSkills Australia General Manager, Brigitte Collins believes that the program provides significant benefit to both the awardees and their employers. “Out of a very strong field of applicants, sixteen of the best have been selected to enhance their knowledge, performance, and productivity to ensure that they have the skills needed to put them in good stead for a successful future. The program will allow them to further develop their skills and techniques to benefit themselves, their workplace and the Australian industry”.

Congratulations to these 16 highly skilled individuals. We look forward to following their international journey through social media as they share their experiences with the world.

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