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​Hunter TAFE’s WorldSkills Team returned as champions, having won the best overall region in Australia at the 2016 National WorldSkills Australia competition in Melbourne.
Of the 14 Hunter TAFE competitors, eight placed in the top three in the country and brought home two Gold, three Silver and three Bronze medals.
Hunter TAFE was also awarded the prestigious Evatt Shield having gained the best overall score for all regions across Australia in the WorldSkills Australia National Competition.
This is the second Evatt Shield win for Hunter TAFE, who also won the best overall region at the last WorldSkills Australia competition held in 2014.
Hunter TAFE Institute Director, Christine Warrington said she was immensely proud of the students’ achievements.
“These students are fine examples of the amazing talent that is developed here in the Hunter and Central Coast regions and we applaud them on their achievements at this national level,” said Ms Warrington.
“For students in vocational education and training there is no greater achievement and we are so thrilled that their hard work and months of training has resulted in such success.” 
All Hunter TAFE medallists will now be in the running to be selected to represent Australia as a Skillaroo at the 44th WorldSkills Competition to be held in Abu Dhabi, UAE, in 2017.
The Hunter TAFE 2016 WorldSkills medallists are:
• Blake Ayerst - Gold in Plastering
• Alexander Brown - Gold in Programming
• Cejay Alsop - Silver in Sheetmetal Work
• Matthew Hurley - Silver in Carpentry
• Dylan Bolch - Silver in Welding
• Brooke Osland - Bronze in Fashion Technology
• Joshua Nott -  Bronze in Construction Steel Work
• Matthew Brandt – Bronze medal in Autobody Repair
Likened to the Trade Olympics, the 2016 National competition saw 500 apprentices, trainees and students from all over the country compete across 60 skill areas from fashion design and programming to plastering and sheetmetal work at the three day intensive competition held on 6 – 8 October 2016.

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