Maryborough apprentice Jordan Hynes has a tough choice – whether to compete in the fitting or turning category of the WorldSkills competition.
Maryborough apprentice Jordan Hynes has a tough choice – whether to compete in the fitting or turning category of the WorldSkills competition.

Apprentice is multi-skilled

JORDAN Hynes has one tough decision ahead of him.

The 19-year-old Maryborough apprentice has been selected to represent Queensland in two trade categories – fitting and turning – at the national WorldSkills competition next year.

But there’s one slight problem – both competitions are on the same day.

“I’ll have to pick one,” he said.

“And it’s going to be hard to choose – I really like both but I’m not really sure which I’d do better in.”

If selected to go through to the next round of the WorldSkills Competition, Jordan, in his second year of an engineering and mechanical trade at Tuan Softwood Mill, will represent Australia in London in 2011.

And according to Corrie McColl, regional WorldSkills co-ordinator for the Wide Bay and Sunshine Coast, he has a pretty good chance.

“I can’t think of the last time we’ve had someone win both the fitting and the turning competitions – which obviously shows how well developed his skills are.

“He has displayed excellent machining skills and has shown a very good attitude.

“I reckon he’s got a good chance.

“Australia as a country is running fifth in the world with the WorldSkills competition – it’s like the Olympics of skill trades.”

Mr McColl said the person who received second place in whichever category Jordan does not choose will also go on to represent Queensland.

WORLDSKILLS

Is a not-for-profit organisation that provides young Australians with the opportunity to gain new skills and compete against their peers in their chosen trade

Competitions operate on a two-year cycle. Regional competitions flow into national competitions and winners, if eligible, advance to the international competition

Almost 50 countries take part in the competitions



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