Australian WorldSkills Squad selected

Team Illawarra are celebrating our two representatives who have been successfully selected for the Australian Skills Squad in the next stage of the WorldSkills competition.

Louise Azzopardi and Brett McPaul will travel to Victoria next month and meet their chief expert trainers who will prepare them to compete at an international level.

Vying for the opportunity to compete at the WorldSkills International in Abu Dhabi in October 2017, Louise and Brett’s commitment will be put to the test, with the WorldSkills Skillaroos team to be announced in July 2017.

Humble 20-year-old Louise Azzopardi has excelled in the non-traditional female trade of Heavy Vehicle Maintenance.

“I was pretty amazed to be selected. It took a while to sink in,” says Louise.

“I grew up on a farm and worked on machinery. I love all the learning and you get to see how you’ve improved.”

Louise is currently studying her trade at Wetherill Park and works and lives in the Hawkesbury.

She has a deep commitment to the competition which is evident by the extraordinary travel Louise is prepared to do to train at TAFE NSW Illawarra.

Matt Hutchins, TAFE NSW Illawarra teacher and Louise’s WorldSkills trainer has only positive things to say about Louise and her determination.

“Louise worked hard to make sure she was prepared for the competition. I think it shows in her attitude to life. She is also supported and encouraged by her friends and family,” he says.

Additionally, Albion Park’s Brett McPaul will be representing the Construction Steel Work career area and was very eager to be named in the Australian Skills Squad after his win at the National level one month ago.

“Man, I’m excited. I want to gain more knowledge in my field to get the skills I need and hopefully be successful at an international level,” he says.

TAFE NSW Illawarra recognise the importance of their employers’ continuing support. Louise previously worked for Cumins, Wetherill Park and now works for The Tractor Shop, Glossodia. While Brett is employed by HVTC Illawarra.

We wish these young people the very best success over the next few months.