Hunter wins big at National WorldSkills Australia competition

Winner: Blake Ayerst, from Aberglasslyn achieved gold in plastering at the National WorldSkills Australia competition. Picture: Supplied

Winner: Blake Ayerst, from Aberglasslyn achieved gold in plastering at the National WorldSkills Australia competition. Picture: Supplied

An Aberglasslyn plasterer has helped Hunter TAFE’s WorldSkills team become national champions.

Blake Ayerst was among 14 competitors who travelled to Melbourne this month to help the Hunter win the prestigious Evatt Shield, for best overall team at the event.

He was one of two Hunter team members who won gold for the region in the competition, which tests practical trade skills.

The win means Hunter competitors will be eligible for selection in the Australian WorldSkills team that will contest the international title in Abu Dhabi next year.

Hunter TAFE Institute director Christine Warrington said she was immensely proud of the students’ achievements.

“These students are fine examples of the amazing talent that is developed here in the Hunter and Central Coast regions and we applaud them on their achievements at this national level,” she said. “For students in vocational education and training there is no greater achievement and we are so thrilled that their hard work and months of training has resulted in such success.”

The Hunter TAFE 2016 WorldSkills medallists are:

  • Blake Ayerst –Gold in plastering
  • Alexander Brown – Gold in programming
  • Cejay Alsop – Silver in sheetmetal work
  • Matthew Hurley – Silver in carpentry
  • Dylan Bolch – Silver in welding
  • Brooke Osland – Bronze in fashion technology
  • Joshua Nott – Bronze in construction steel work
  • Matthew Brandt – Bronze in autobody repair
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