Auto Student awarded bronze in World Skill Competition


GOTAFE Automotive student Zaker Gulzari will be presented with a medal and Certificate of Achievement after winning bronze at the Regional World Skills Competition.

Zaker is employed by Woollards Auto body Works, Shepparton and took out third place in the Autobody Repairs section of the World Skills Competition.

Callum Ross, GOTAFE WorldSkills Project Officer said the level of skill showcased by all the students that competed was very high and this year there was a record number of competitions held for the Central Victorian Region.

“There was a total of 13 competitions held by GOTAFE for our region, the most ever,” said Callum.

“The competition is very demanding on the students, it’s stressful and fast paced and requires them to work on a variety of techniques within a specified timeframe, usually around 6 hours.

“The competitions saw students compete against their classmates and the clock in their chosen trade.

“After being involved in this competition for many years it is great to see Woollards and GOTAFE have once again produced a high performing apprentice in Zaker.

“In 2014, GOTAFE spray painting apprentice Billy Cowcher, employed by Woollards narrowly missed out gold at the National World Skills Competition in Perth after winning number one place at the state level.”

GOTAFE has had strong success at the World Skills Competition. And in 2016, two GOTAFE students represented the region at the National World Skills Competition in Melbourne. Automotive Apprentice Crystal McLaren from Wodonga placed third in the Paint and Panel category while Hairdressing Apprentice Eloise McCormick from Beechworth placed ninth. Their success has sparked interest from Trainers and Apprentices alike, with six departments involved in this year’s Regional Competition at GOTAFE.

From July to October the Regional World Skills Competitions were held at GOTAFE’s Shepparton and Wangaratta Campuses across a variety of fields including Building, Automotive, Plumbing, Retail Baking Bread, Retail Baking Pastry, Hairdressing and Beauty Therapy.

The winners from the Regional Competitions will be eligible for the selection process to attend the National Competition held in Sydney in 2018. Winners from last year’s National Competition are competing in the World Competition held in Abu Dhabi in October.