The Sydney West WorldSkills Regional competition was held at Campbelltown TAFE on Friday 1st November, where 16 very talented and dedicated spray painting and panel beating apprentices competed to represent NSW in the National WorldSkills competition to held in 2020.
“The competition was very close and the standard of work was very high,” said judge Paul Polverino, Training Manager Axalta. “The spray painting apprentices had to complete a complex design on a panel to exact measurements using water based paints and HVLP spray painting technology as well as complete a colour match, all to very tight time frames and a high industry standard,” added Polverino.
The spray-painting medal winners were:
- Gold – Isabella Turrise, Body Tech Automotive
- Silver – Shane Jones, Parramatta Smash Repairs
- Bronze – Raeden Hubbard, Smash Repair Centre
Judges for the spray-painting competition were:
- Damien Badenoch, BASF
- Stephen Bulman, Axalta
- Maxine Colligan, Skillaroo and International WorldSkills bronze medal winner
- George DiScala, 3M Australia
- Paul Polverino, Axalta
The Panel Beating apprentice’s competition required the completion of a sectional repair, which tested the skills of the apprentices in the use of MIG welding techniques, hot shrinking, file finishing and accurate measuring.
The medal winners were:
- Gold – Jaiden Tesoriero, Repair Hub Marrickville
- Silver – Daniel Galea, John Newall Smash Repairs
- Bronze – David Sherwood, Habib Smash Repairs
Judges for Panel beating competition were:
- Dat Bui, TAFE NSW
- Fred Parsons, TAFE NSW
- Terry Teremoana, Head Teacher TAFE NSW
“It was great to see parents attend the competition to support the apprentices,” commented Terry Teremoana, Head Teacher of Spray Painting and Panel beating, Campbelltown College of TAFE.