Jack McKemey (Year 12) has won silver in VETiS Primary Industries at the WorldSkills Australia 2018 National Championships in Sydney.

Jack competed against 8 other Year 11 and 12 students in his chosen field, which was designed by industry and skills experts. The VETiS Primary Industries Regional Competitions assesses an individual’s knowledge, practical skills and employability attributes against a set of strict criteria. Over 4000 apprentices, trainees and students, have the opportunity to win gold, silver or bronze medals, in their chosen skill.

Jack had to show expertise in the following areas:

Fencing – straining fences, tying wire knots and hooking up an electrical fence.  Livestock – weighing of sheep, fat scoring, drafting and mouthing the sheep, calibrating a drench gun and drenching sheep.

Chemicals – calibrating a boom spray and cleaning up a hazard spill

Tractors – students had to do a pre operational start, identify mechanical hazards, hook up 3 point linkage and PTO (Power Take Off).

This was all competed over a three day period.

Focusing on the highest quality of standards aligned to the industry endorsed training packages, employers and training providers can use the activity to benchmark their own apprenticeship and training programs.

A few interesting National Championship Fast Facts:

Over 500 competitors

60 trades and skills represented

300 judges

16-20 hours spent competing

159 medals awarded

When asked what he hoped to get out of this experience Jack said “Potential employment – my involvement in the World Skills competition enabled me to gain experience and meet new people, giving me exposure to prospective employers in this industry field.”

What advice would you give to anyone thinking about participating in the 2020 WorldSkills Competition Jack? “Get involved and have a go!”

Well done Jack, we wish you all the best in your future endeavors – you’ve made us proud.