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​Hunter TAFE student Dylan Bolch has been selected to join an elite international team known as the Skills Squad after his successful performance at the recent WorldSkills Australia 2016 National Competition.
 
Dylan, an apprentice welder from Woodrising, will spend the next year training with a dedicated skills mentor, vying for the opportunity to join over 1,000 young men and women from 75 countries at WorldSkills International Competition being held in Abu Dhabi next October.
 
Dylan’s achievements are a coup for the Australian welding industry, with the profession being identified as experiencing a national skills shortage according to the Australian Government’s National Skills Needs List so there is strong demand for skilled welders.
 
WorldSkills Australia CEO Brett Judd said he was delighted to reveal the history-making 2017 Skills Squad today, with the highest female representation in the competition’s history.
 
“Our recent National Competition was a wonderful demonstration of the strengths of Australia’s vocational training system, and displayed what a skills resurgence in our country would look like,” said WorldSkills Australia CEO Brett Judd.
 
The Skills Squad’s first stop on their international journey is a training camp to be held from 10-13 November in Victoria, where the competitors will meet with their skills mentors and develop a training plan for the coming months.