The country boy from Newee Creek has gone and done it – he’s taken out gold at the WorldSkills National Championship, which were held over three days at the International Convention Centre in Sydney recently.
Joseph ‘Joey’ Ussher was one of only 400 apprentices from across Australia to qualify for the competition, which showcased 50 categories of expertise.
In his chosen category of auto electrical, he was up against four others, all of whom he beat.
“It was a once in a life time opportunity, to compete against the best from across Australia,” Joey said.
“To come away in first place is unbelievable, I don't think it's sunk in yet. The experience down there was incredible, we had different cars and equipment that none of us were used to working with.”
“The opportunities that may open up in the future from this outcome are really exciting, possibly overseas scholarships,” Joey said.
“A massive thank you to WorldSkills Australia for the opportunity and my bosses Trev and Tash for financially sponsoring me and supporting me over the years.”
Joey said it was such a satisfying experience to be able to compete at such a high level of competition and challenged in a field he loves.
“I've always had a passion for cars, trucks and machinery, so to be able to work on that kind of stuff every day is awesome.
“It’s also very rewarding to be able to help and serve the community each day is a pleasure,” Joey said.
Gold medallists have been invited to join the Australian Apprenticeship Ambassadors and VET Alumni programs.
Some medallists may also be chosen to join WorldSkills Australia Squad with a view to becoming a Skillaroo and representing Australia at the WorldSkills international competition in Kazan, Russia in 2019.
The Skills Squad will be announced in August.
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