Budding “Interior Designers” of Victoria’s marine industry on show at 2016WorldSkills

Budding “Interior Designers” of Victoria’s marine industry on show at 2016WorldSkills

A group of up and coming marine industry professionals will be showcasing their skills and training at a demonstration of marine and automotive trimming at the 2016WorldSkills Australia National Competition in Melbourne from October 6 to 9, 2016 at the Melbourne Showgrounds.

The contingent from Holmesglen Institute will consist of student-apprentices from its Certificate III in Automotive and Marine Trimming Technology.  Over the course of three days, these 12 individuals will be competing against each other in the Automotive & Marine Trimming category.

Team members of Holmesglen’s Automotive and Marine Trimming apprentices preparing for the 2016WorldSkills Australia National Competition

Team members of Holmesglen’s Automotive and Marine Trimming apprentices preparing for the 2016WorldSkills Australia National Competition

Each individual will have just a full day to design and make a project.  They will then be judged by a panel of industry professionals, who will examine their work against a number of criteria that includes design skills, time management, technical skills and the degree of difficulty of their design.

“This is an enormous opportunity to expose people to the industry,” said Neil Hancock, instructor with Holmesglen’s Automotive and Marine Trimming Technology course and Boating Industry Association of Victoria (BIAV) Board member.

“Our apprentices will be able to showcase the skills they learn both in the classroom and workplace.  But also people who don’t know about marine careers such as trimming, will discover that there is this thriving industry that they can be part of.”

“As an industry that employs over 17,700 FTE and contributes $4.5 billion to the Victorian economy, the future is promising for individuals wanting to pursue a career in boating or marine,” said Steven Potts, Chief Executive of BIAV.

“With over 40,000 people expected to attend the 2016WorldSkills National Competition, this is a great platform for the exposure of marine careers, and the skills and talent our industry helps to drive.”

The 2016 WorldSkills Australian National Competition hosts the countries best trainees and apprentices, who compete in their specialised skill areas.   Winners from the National Competition have the opportunity to compete on the international level.