Tom Rann will compete in the Worldskills Australian Nationals being held in Sydney in September after taking out first place in the Northern Rivers Regional Auto Mechanical competition.
Tom Rann will compete in the Worldskills Australian Nationals being held in Sydney in September after taking out first place in the Northern Rivers Regional Auto Mechanical competition. Mireille Merlet-Shaw

Apprentice aims to be the best

HAVING taken first place at the Northern Rivers Regional Auto Mechanical competition TAFE student Thomas Rann, a third year apprentice with Chris Albertini Automotive at Lismore is off to the 2012 Worldskills Australian National competition in Sydney in August.

Mr Rann said he was surprised to win the award and it reinforced he had made the right career choice.

"To see that I am successful and within the top few within the region is great, because I am very naturally competitive," he said.

WorldSkills Australia is a national, not-for-profit organisation that provides young Australians aged 23 and under with the opportunity to gain new skills, compete against their peers in their chosen trade and fast track their skills and career development.

Mr Rann continues to work hard in his own time preparing for the upcoming national competition spending time after work and on the weekends honing his automotive skills.

"I have always been very passionate about the motor industry," said Mr Rann.

"Cars change everyday and I love the challenges they present.

"My father is a mechanic and loves working on cars and always talked to me about the fun he had working on cars.

"Each model has its own persona and that's the reason people fall in love with cars.

"Some of the new cars are quite technical and sophisticated and you have to learn them in order to fix them."

Mr Rann sees the future of technology resting with diesel technology as it is a less refined fuel and more readily available.

But his dream car is the new Nissan R35 Skyline.

"It's the most recently released with the most up to date technology; it's basically a race car on the road," he said.

Angela Albertini, manager Chris Albertini Automotive, said Tom was a great example of the quality of learner needed in the auto trade.

"He will be a great ambassador for the North Coast and we wish him all the best in the national competition," she said.



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