Global Skills Challenge Final Hurdle to Abu Dhabi

Albion Park’s Brett McPaul will head to Newcastle next week to compete for the right to represent Australia at the 44th WorldSkills International Competition in Abu Dhabi this October.

WorldSkills Australia’s Global Skills Challenge will take place in Newcastle from 5-8 July and will bring together more than 100 competitors from 16 countries to compete in a simulated international competition in the lead-up to the Abu Dhabi competition, also known as the trade and skills Olympics.

As a fully qualified fabricator/welder employed at Buckley’s Plant Maintenance in Unanderra, Mr McPaul has spent more than 12 hours of his own time each week training under the guidance of his mentors Craig McVittie and John Sharples from TAFE NSW.

Mr McPaul is nervous but excited on the eve of the national competition.

“I have been training really hard at TAFE since October so hopefully it pays off and I see a lot of improvement in my skills. I hope to perform well and be selected as a Skillaroo,” Mr McPaul said.

“Being a part of WorldSkills has helped me achieve a higher skill level and the opportunity to represent Australia at Abu Dhabi,” he said.

Mr McPaul is one of nine TAFE NSW students and alumni in the 20-member Australian Skills Squad who will compete against the world’s best apprentices, trainees and students under the age of 23.

The Global Skills Challenge in Newcastle will be the final test of their skills, with the Australian Team Skillaroos for Abu Dhabi to be announced at the closing ceremony on Saturday, 8 July.

To get to this stage, Mr McPaul competed and was successfully placed at the Illawarra regional, state and national levels.

The Global Skills Challenge is being supported by TAFE NSW and Newcastle City Council.