Careers & Training

Queensland apprentices clean up in national skills champs


TAFE Queensland automotive and heavy vehicle apprentices have done the state proud, taking home a selection of gold, silver and bronze medals at the WorldSkills National Championships announced late last week.

Automotive mechanics apprentice, Tobias Seibel works for Motorama Toyota (Moorooka) won gold for his trade area and said that competing in the championships was a big thing for him and that he felt he needed to do Queensland proud.

“I nearly hit the floor when the announcement was made. I’ve come away with a victory so I’m pretty happy with that,” Seibel said.

“The mechanical side of things comes from a few generations back. My grandfather was quite involved with racetracks and even helped with the building Morgan Park raceway out at Warrick. Dad has always been a diesel tech himself so it’s in the blood I guess and it’s just a big thing to do the family proud.”

Other automotive industry winners included TAFE Queensland apprentices Campbell Garson (gold), Guthrie Maynard (silver) and Darcy Cully (bronze) to complete a memorable trifecta in the heavy vehicle trade area.

In all, Queensland’s top trade talent brought home a total of 39 medals, including 16 gold, 8 silver and 15 bronze medals.

TAFE Queensland secured 30 of those, with an additional five competitors being awarded Medallions of Excellence, an outstanding achievement for the young apprentices and trainees competing in their prospective trade and skill area.

The championships were hosted in Perth but due to Covid-19 restrictions the competition was also run in Queensland, South Australia and New South Wales. Unfortunately the Australian Capital Territory and Victoria competitors were unable to compete.

A number of the TAFE Queensland competitors awarded gold medals are now eligible to be selected to join the Australian Skillaroos Team and compete at the 46th WorldSkills International Competition in Shanghai, China in October 2022.

This opportunity will allow the young apprentices and trainees to showcase their skills on the international stage, competing against 75 member countries.

Tobias Seibel said that he would love to compete at the International WorldSkills Competition in Shanghai and is looking forward to what lays ahead in the coming months.

“Getting this far for me and seeing my name under the gold medal is enough for me but if I get picked I’m going to absolutely bust it and make sure I bring home the gold for the country,” Seibel said.

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