Gold Coast student to compete in nation-wide skills competition

A Gold Coast Automotive apprentice will represent the State at a national Olympic-style skills competition in Perth this September.

TAFE Queensland’s Kurt Trask, 20, will go up against the nation’s best at the Worldskills Australia (WSA) competition at the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre from September 18-20, where he will put his skills to the test over three exciting days of competition.

If he wins he will represent Australia in the Automotive Mechanics category in Sao Paulo, Brazil in 2015 as part of the Australian Skillaroos team.


The third year apprentice from Tallai said he is thrilled to be one of the competitors representing Queensland at the national competition which will give him the opportunity to push himself.

“I’m looking forward to having fun with others who share the same passion and showing everyone what I can do,” he said.

“It is a huge honour to have been selected to go to the national finals, this opportunity will allow me to showcase the skills and education I have acquired over the past two years.

“The exceptional training I have received at TAFE Queensland Gold Coast will be a big advantage in the competition.”

Leading up to the national competition, Kurt has received one on one training and mentoring with his Gold Coast Automotive teachers to perfect his skills for the event.

TAFE Queensland Gold Coast General Manager, Jenny Dodd said the organisation is extremely proud of Kurt and wishes him the best of luck.

“Worldskills Australia showcases the best of Australia’s vocational students, it is a wonderful opportunity for Kurt to have the experience of competing on the national stage,” she said.

“I am confident that he will do TAFE Queensland Gold Coast and his employer proud and show just what Gold Coast students can achieve.”

Five hundred of Australia’s best students will compete for gold in 50 skill categories ranging from raditional trades such as plumbing, bricklaying and hairdressing to the more contemporary professions of web design and fashion technology.

In 2012, TAFE Queensland Gold Coast student, Athena Tsompanellis, represented Queensland in the Beauty Therapy category and was placed 6th overall in the national competition.