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GTE apprentice cabinet maker selected in the 2015 Skillaroos team

05-Aug-2015

Group Training Employment apprentice cabinetmaker Karl Geue will be representing Australia as part of the 2015 Skillaroos team at the 43rd WorldSkills Competition in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

Karl's silver medal from the inaugural WorldSkills Oceania Competition in New Zealand is a great lead in to this international competition.

Working with host employer Kingston Kabinets and training at the Mount Gambier Campus of TAFESA with lecturer Dean Hart, Karl has met the high standards that being selected in the Skillaroos 2015 squad requires. Initially winning gold at the WorldSkills Regional Competition Karl gained selection to compete at the national competition in Perth during September, 2014.

Since winning gold at the WorldSkills National Competition Karl has been working closely with Adelaide based WorldSkills Chief Expert Jason Hindes to further develop his skills and maintain his competitive edge, as well as training in his own time with Kingston Kabinets owner/operator Derek Butler.

GTE have been assisting Karl with expenses incurred while undertaking his extra training since winning the gold at regional level and continue to do so as he competes in Brazil.

When asked about his experience Karl said,

“WorldSkills Australia has allowed me to meet new people both in the cabinetmaking industry and beyond. I have also travelled to places in Australia and overseas that I never would have done had I not been given this opportunity.
My WorldSkills Chief Expert Jason Hindes and my TAFE lecturer Dean Hart have allowed me to perfect my skills and learn new techniques beyond my day-to-day work as an apprentice.”

And about how he felt to be representing Australia in Sao Paulo he added,

“I am honoured to represent Australia in Brazil at the 43rd WorldSkills Competition. It is a privilege that a competition such as this is available to trades men and women to showcase their skills. Very few people have the chance to represent their country at an international level, so this will be a once in a lifetime opportunity. I thank Group Training Employment and my host employer Kingston Kabinets for their ongoing support with my preparations.”

GTE General Manger Brenton Lewis says,

“Karl has applied himself to this challenge in a dedicated and professional way. He has put in the extra work required and has yielded the results so far that we have all been hoping for. We are very proud of his efforts so far and wish him well ahead of the competition in Brazil.”