TAFE apprentice scores gold at 'tradie olympics'
WOLLONGBAR TAFE auto apprentice Jake Hiscock from Lismore Car Repairs is a mechanic apprentice of olympian proportions.
He took out the top prize at a three-day national Worldskills competition, or 'tradie olympics' as it is affectionately known.
The Worldskills competition sees over 50 skills - including hairdressing, welding, fashion, bricklaying, cookery and more - compete for gold and a chance to represent Australia at the 44th WorldSkills Competition in Abu Dhabi, UAE, in 2017
Mr Hiscock won the gold medal in the Automotive Mechanics category which saw him repair and diagnose vehicles at six stations in two hours.
Tasks included stripping an engine down, measuring gear boxes, brakes, steering and suspension, checking wheel alignment and the body electrical.
He also had to diagnose why vehicles wouldn't start.
He said competitors came from as far a field as Tasmania and Brisbane.
"I've been really fortunate to have such incredible mentors throughout my apprenticeship,” said Mr Hiscock.
"I tried to be in the right headspace and stay focused, of course I wanted to take out the top prize but more than anything I wanted to have fun and enjoy the experience.”
Mr Hiscock had to get through the regional competition initially which saw him compete against apprentices at Grafton through to Tweed Heads.
Wollongbar TAFE Head Teacher of Automotive Trades Graham Armstrong said both his determination and maturity are traits that teachers say have equipped Mr Hiscock for both the competition but also the demands of the automotive industry.
Mr Hiscock is one of over ten apprentices that Ray Barrett, co-director at Lismore Car Repairs has generously fostered in his thirty years running the local business.
"It has been an absolute pleasure working with Jake, he deserves to be walking on clouds after this win. I know the importance of training and I enjoy sharing what I know, I'm a big believer that you get out what you put in,” says Mr Barrett.