Jarrod Hill, a plumber from Perth, WA, has won the city round of the WorldSkills Australia competition. The 32-year-old works for West Best Plumbing as a plumbing apprentice was a participant in the competition which was held in Shepparton Park. Having won this round, he is now eligible to participate in the 2018 National WorldSkills Championships to be held in Sydney. This is the biggest vocational training competition in Australia.

Jarrod Hill has been working at Apprentices Trainees Employment Limited (ATEL) as a plumbing apprentice for the last 3 years. He has been doing so under the guidance of Paul Ray. In the competition, Mr Hill was competing against other trainees from Perth, Victoria Park, and South Perth, all of whom he outshone.

The competition involved a 4-hour long task that the participants had to complete. The contestants were expected to construct some pipework using four separate kinds of materials. There were specific dimensions given, and they had to join and curve the materials to achieve the desired product.

Going into the competition, Mr Hill had no specific expectations. He had opted to try his hand at it just to see how it would go. The announcement that declared him the winner, left him dumbfounded. With a score of 90.5 points out of 100, he had managed to achieve the highest score out of all the competitors from Victoria Park and South Perth, all within the time limit.

WorldSkills Australia aims to advance career pathways for the youth of the Australia. It does so by encouraging young people to acquire profitable skills and acknowledging and appreciating excellence. In addition, it exhibits various training courses and apprenticeship programs, holds regular competitions and organizes leadership programs.

For Mr Hill, working at ATEL under Mr Paul Ray has been a pleasant experience. Every day has presented him with a different challenging task to accomplish. Much of the work is done in Perth, but occasionally, he gets to travel to other locations. The group of apprentices, of which he is a part, is relatively small. This gives him an opportunity to undertake different kinds of challenges and learn numerous plumbing skills.

ATEL gladly received the news of Hill’s success. The company’s mentor, Sally Ray, stated that his win was a great accomplishment for both Jarrod and his host, Paul. She continued to add that this was an indication of the good quality of apprentices that the Perth had.

For winning the competition, Mr Hill received a gold medal and a plaque. These awards were presented to him on Tuesday by a member of WorldSkills Australia


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