Wanneroo, Clarkson apprentices line up for Worldskills WA

Clarkson apprentice Lewis Deakin is competing in the WorldSkills WA regional event this month
Clarkson apprentice Lewis Deakin is competing in the WorldSkills WA regional event this month

TWO local trade apprentices are preparing to pit their skills against others from Perth.

Wanneroo 20-year-old Stuart Storey, who has an apprenticeship with Wangara Kia and Suzuki, and Clarkson apprentice wall and floor tiler Lewis Deakin (23) are competing in the WorldSkills WA regional event in Perth from August 18 to 20.

The pair are among 17 North Metropolitan Tafe students taking part in the competition as part of the SkillsWest Careers Expo, which is expected to attract more than 8000 people.

If successful they may be selected to represent WA in the national event next year.

Mr Storey said he was looking forward competing against fellow apprentices.

“Being in WorldSkills will let me know how far my learning is compared with other apprentices,” he said.

“It will open opportunities for me in the future and it may also let me travel interstate.”

For Mr Deakin, it is a great chance to represent his employer APG Homes.

“It will allow me to show my skills and hopefully make my employer and colleagues proud of my abilities,” he said.

WorldSkills Australia chief executive Brett Judd said the competitions held around Australia inspired young people to be ambitious in their careers.

“Designed by industry and skills experts, these competitions assess an individual’s knowledge, practical skills and employability attributes against a set of strict criteria,” he said.

“By focusing on the highest quality of standards aligned to the industry, endorsed training packages, employers and training providers can use these events to benchmark their own apprenticeship and training programs.”