Continuing to prove its success as a world class provider of refinishing training, the Glasurit EDUCATE program recently had three of its apprentices receive gold, silver and bronze medals for the car painting challenge at the Sydney West Regional WorldSkills competition held last month.
Maxine from Gemini Campbelltown won gold the car painting challenge and will now go on to compete at the National final in Sydney at the new International Convention Centre in June 2018.
Coming a close second with a silver medal was Callum from Fix Auto in Wollongong and Elizabeth from RPM Peakhurst was awarded a bronze medal.
In the car painting challenge, competitors matched the colour, shade and texture of adjoining panels and applied the correct colour formulation. Under timed conditions vehicles must be refinished to a high standard as the apprentices had to complete a complex design on a panel to exact measurements, using water based paint and HVLP spray painting technology as well as a colour match,” explained Carl Tinsley Teacher, Autobody Repair & Surface Coatings at TAFE NSW.
This panel then had to be de-nibbed, buffed have a decal applied in a specific location on the panel then presented to the judges for marking. All three students train at Glasurit’s World Class Refinish Competency Centre in Wetherill Park and said the hands-on training has been invaluable to fast tracking their skills. “We are incredibly proud to have three of our students recognised for their exceptional skills,” said James Green, Glasurit Trainer at BASF. “It also sends a powerful message to have two very dedicated and passionate young women competing and this sets a great example for people coming into our industry,” he added.
Glasurit was an official sponsor of the 44th WorldSkills, which took place in Abu Dhabi earlier this month and brought some of the best apprentices, students and young professionals from all over the world together to compete. WorldSkills operates at regional, national and international levels. The National Championship is Australia’s biggest vocational education and excellence competition.
Through international cooperation and development between industry, government, business and institution, they promote the benefits of, and need for, skilled professionals. WorldSkills shows how important skills education and training is for youth, industry and society by challenging young professionals around the world to become the best in the skill of their choice.
Earlier this year Glasurit launched a tailor-made training program that uses a customised and flexible training approach to educate body shop workers in using the comprehensive Glasurit portfolio of paint systems for refinishing vehicles. Glasurit also works with local training institutions to develop and implement customised training programs under the Glasurit EDUCATE banner.