From Orange to China

Primed and ready to spread his wings, young Brad Ingham from Orange is set to test his skills in China next week with his first overseas experience.

21-year-old Brad is at TAFE NSW Wollongong this week with Pete Buttenshaw, Chief Expert in training for his first global adventure in his mechanical engineering trade.

Employed by Hort Enterprise, Brad is training with Mr Buttenshaw as he’s also part of the Skillaroos Skills Squad, vying for the opportunity to compete at WorldSkills International in Abu Dhabi in October 2017.

Brad is excited about the prospect of his first overseas jaunt.

“My time in China will be a good opportunity to compare my skills against the Chinese competitors in preparation for Abu Dhabi,” says Brad.

Brad started his career in high school and now loves the variety of his workday.

“I got interested through school with metal work and went on to do TVET welding and automotive in Year 11,” he said.

“I wanted to be a boiler maker and a diesel mechanic so being a fitter/machinist gives me a middle ground between these two.”

Pete Buttenshaw, WorldSkills Chief Expert and Head Teacher at TAFE NSW Wollongong is really pleased with Brad's skills level.

“Going to China gives Brad an opportunity to showcase what talents Australia has in mechanical engineering at an international level,” says Pete.

“Brad has been training at Orange and other different locations. His skills are quite diverse for a 21-year-old.”

Be smart with your money by enrolling for 2017 and consider a trades career. Visit www.tafeillawarra.edu.au or call 1300 766 123.