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Year 12 for every student is a time of excitement and nervousness of what career path they will choose. For Jordan he knew early on that he wanted to be an electrician. From a small boy Jordan was always hands on, wanting to be outside or in his Grandfathers shed.
To sit at a desk and do school work was never something at the top of Jordan's list. At the end of Year 10 we arrived at the BAC Information night for subject selections for Year 11 and 12. This night was made easy for us as we knew the direction Jordan wanted to go. Of course it was obvious for Jordan to do the Electrotechnology course offered at the TAFE. This course commenced during Year 11 every Thursday at the SkillsTech TAFE College in Acacia Ridge. It was decided that due to Jordan doing this course and his passion for wanting to go down this path for his future that gaining an OP was not necessary for him. This meant he had less subjects and was able to concentrate on the few he had chosen.
Jordan loved his course and found the TAFE staff were very accommodating. Due to his achievements he was nominated to participate in the 2015 World Skills Regional Competition for Electrotechnology. He competed against other TAFE students in the State doing this course. The student who placed first then competed in Melbourne against other TAFE students across the Nation. The competition comprised of a written test as well as a practical test. Jordan placed first in this competition and was on the way to Melbourne to compete in the 2016 WorldSkills Australia National Competition.
The Queensland World Skills Project Manager organised training for Jordan at the SkillsTech TAFE to prepare for the big event. Tuesday, 4 October rolled around quickly and it was time for a very nervous Jordan to be on his way. The competition started with a very formal Opening ceremony at the Acacia Ridge TAFE where they received badges and a speech from former competitors, local MP’s and three players from the Broncos farewelled them as they headed for Melbourne.
First day of competition was off and running. For the next few days Jordan had many activities to complete such as mounting electrical fittings on a wall, stripping wire to spec, soldering three circuit boards, making four way power boxes and folding up metal toolboxes. Every activity that was completed was scored by points and would go towards a total score at the end to see who placed first. After three days of gruelling competition, Jordan placed second, scoring 88.0 missing out by just 0.1 of a point for the Gold medal. 
On returning home, Jordan was offered an apprenticeship from the National Electrical and Communications Association (NECA). Jordan’s hard work and passion for all things electrical paid off and he will be able to start his apprenticeship doing what he loves straight after school. This has only been made possible because of the dedication of the wonderful staff at SkillsTech TAFE College and Brisbane Adventist College. A big thank you to all the staff at BAC especially to Mr Peters and Mr Matthews for their mentorship and helping Jordan achieve his goals.
The World Skills Competition
The World Skills Competition is where all trades around Australia enter their student or apprentice into this competition to test their skills. This gives them a unique experience and is somewhat like a Trade version of the Olympic Games with an opening and closing ceremony. There were two categories of competitors. Firstly, apprentices that are doing the trade full-time, and secondly for students doing their courses through school. The winner for the full-time apprentices would have the opportunity to go and compete in Dubai next year against the best in the world.
Written by Val Rigby
Images provided by WorldSkills Australia

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