Tasmania continues to impress

This year’s national competitors and experts aren’t waiting the 58 more days until the 2016 WorldSkills Australia National Competition, Melbourne to make waves. It’s Tasmania’s turn to impress as three of the state’s top talent are named finalists for the 2016 Tasmanian Training Awards.

Cody Best, Ben Holmes and Rachel Sullivan will find out at a gala dinner in Hobart on Friday, 2 September whether they will add another state award to their already impressive list of honours.

As a teacher at Claremont College and owner of Clipaway Men’s Hairdressing, Rachel Sullivan is hoping to take home the VET Teacher / Trainer of the Year award. Rachel has a long history with WorldSkills Australia dating back to 1991 when she competed in Hairdressing at the 31st WorldSkills Competition in Amsterdam, Netherlands. Since then, she has continued to dedicate her time to volunteering with WorldSkills Australia as both Tasmanian and International Team Leader for many years.

Cody and Ben, who will represent the Tasmania Region at the National Competition this October in Welding and Automotive Mechanics respectively, are both hoping to be named this year’s Tasmanian Apprentice of the Year. Cody won the gold medal in Welding and Ben won the silver medal in at the 2015 WorldSkills Australia Regional Competition and have been training hard for their shot at greatness this October at the National Competition.

The three will be joined at the dinner by the other members of “Team Tasmania”, who will be honoured for their achievements and presented their official state polo shirts.

Good luck, everyone!