Nathan Henry took out the gold medal at the WorldSkills state finals.
Nathan Henry took out the gold medal at the WorldSkills state finals. Contributed

Scots student's skills set in gold

SCOTS PGC student Nathan Henry now knows what it feels like to be a gold medallist, after earning the top spot at the WorldSkills state finals last month.

Held at the TAFE Open Day, the event puts students’ rural skills to the test in an accident scenario-based test.

The year 11 student – whose family resides on a property 40km from Texas – won the Primary Industries VET in Schools category by repairing a wire fence then splinting a mate’s “broken” leg, before calling 000 to guide an ambulance to the accident scene.

He also learns shearing skills at Warwick TAFE every week as he prepares for a long and rewarding life in primary industry.

“Now I’m working towards competing at the national finals in Sydney next March,” Nathan said.

“I reckon working on our property gave me the edge in the fencing test, and a first aid course I did at Texas State School gave me the confidence to handle the ‘accident’ situation.”

The 15-year-old said it was now his dream to win the national title in primary industries skills then travel to Europe to represent Australia on the international stage.

“Developing new skills during my TAFE rural course will help me compete against the world’s best, and should pay off when I return to our farm,” he said.

Nathan said he recommended other teens to take up the opportunity to get involved in the event, saying it offered opportunities that would otherwise not be available.

“Some time next year I will be heading off to Sydney and I’m hoping to do well there. I think other kids should get in and have a go because you never know if you will win, and now I get to go to Sydney because of it,” he said.

If you are interested in competing contact Megan Stevens on 4694 1351 or Megan.Stevens@deta.qld.gov.au.



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