Electric win for Mullum auto apprentice at Worldskills comp
ONE Mullumbimby business has seen two of its apprentices awarded at the regional Worldskills competition in auto electrics.
Luke Budd won gold for this year's competitions and Baylee Chisnall was a finalist in last year's first year category.
Mr Budd said he was hesitant about entering at first, but after some encouragement from his boss and Tafe teacher, he decided to give it a go.
Mullumbimby Auto Electrical business owner Lisa Greer said she and her husband Graham Greer were delighted with the outcome for the two apprentices.
"Just for one of them to get a certificate would have been great," she said.
"We were expecting Luke to maybe go in the running and maybe get second or third ... he said himself when he did the test, there were a few that got him stumped."
Mr Budd attributes his success to the range of jobs he gets to perform at the Mullumbimby business on a daily basis.
Ms Greer said it was also because Mr Budd and Mr Chisnall were asked to run the business while Mr Greer was recovering in hospital.
"Graham has been diagnosed with renal cancer and had a kidney taken out," she said.
"He (Luke) has been thrown in the deep end, he had to run a business himself with Baylee ... and that's why we were so proud of them before the certificates even came out."
Mr Budd said there were four different tasks he had to complete on the day, including testing different components and fixing cars.
His next step is to compete at nationals in August next year.
If he wins gold again he will move on to compete at the international competition in Abu Dhabi in 2017.