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Top TAFE students take out WorldSkills

Date posted: Thursday 20 May 2010

Two Swinburne TAFE students have taken home medals in the 2010 WorldSkills Australia National Competition, placing them amongst the top students in their fields throughout the country.

After winning first place in the regional section of the competition, Kate Keighley received a gold award in the national painting and decorating category.

Hospitality student Michael Bascetta also received a bronze award for restaurant service, having won gold in the regional competition. 

Kate, who is completing her Certificate III in Painting and Decorating, said that WorldSkills Australia was a one in a million experience.

“The competition allowed me to develop my skills as well as apply some of the techniques I learnt at Swinburne,” she said.

“In my course we were taught a variety of techniques such as marbling, which I was able to use in the competition and definitely propelled me toward the gold.”

“WorldSkills was also a great opportunity to showcase my work to the other participants and learn about other trades.”

Kate is currently working for G.Mcintosh Painting Services and said the most rewarding aspect of her job is seeing the finished product.

“The artistic side of painting and decorating is what initially attracted me to this field and I also enjoy the hands-on work. I plan to stay working in this industry and would like to be part of the WorldSkills competition in the future, possibly mentoring other students,” Kate said.

Michael, who is employed at Bella Vedere in the Yarra Valley, said that the competition exposed him to aspects of the hospitality industry that he wouldn’t have otherwise experienced.

“Over the three days of the competition, we undertook different types of food and beverage service as well as produce knowledge and wine evaluation challenges,” he said.

“By working in Swinburne’s training restaurant, Mitchell’s View, throughout my course, I learnt a lot of the basic skills needed to succeed in the competition.”

Having grown up around food, Michael believes that his Italian heritage drew him to the hospitality industry.

“In this industry, every day is different and I get the chance to meet new people and take on new challenges. There are also many opportunities to work overseas – some of which have developed from WorldSkills,” Michael said.

Swinburne student Ryan Bell also took part in the carpentry final of the competition.

WorldSkills, the nation’s premier showcase of youth skill and trade excellence, was held in Brisbane from 7 - 9 May. Over 500 competitors participated in around 50 trade and skill categories.



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