The sign-writer, who finished his apprenticeship at Polytechnic West earlier this year, won his category at last month’s WorldSkills Ultimate Skills Challenge.
Mr Clements, who works at Auto-Vision in Welshpool, said the competition had been overwhelming but celebrated his success.
‘It felt bloody good to be honest ” a massive relief that all that hard work paid off,’ he said.
‘We had five projects to get done in three days, so you’d be working on one thing and have something else in mind to do when you got a spare minute.
‘I work in sign-writing and we’ve been really busy at work, so obviously that helped me prepare.
‘But I had to cover a whole bunch of different areas in signage to make sure I could do all of it if they threw something at me I don’t do at work.
‘I owe a big thanks to my lecturers who helped me out heaps, especially with all the fabrication.’
The signage competitors had to create and install an LED sign for a display, a vehicle wrap on the side of a car and a banner for an event using a design computer program, which was printed. Gold medal winners from the competition will represent Australia in the WorldSkills International Competition in Brazil next year.