Aarron’s a welding success

Polytechnic West’s run of success at WorldSkills is set to continue in 2012, as students prepare to represent WA in areas including Hairdressing, Construction Trades and Refrigeration and Air Conditioning.

One such student preparing to test his skills against Australia’s finest is Boilermaker/Welder Aaron Purdy.

“I had heard about WorldSkills during my studies and decided to read up on the competition” Mr Purdy said.

“It sounded like a fantastic opportunity and a great way to develop my skills, so I entered”.

WorldSkills is designed to challenge young people to achieve outstanding results in their chosen trade and to reach world-class standards. It stimulates the academic motivation of many students by focusing on the ‘fun’ of learning through interesting and diverse skill challenges.

Managing Director of Polytechnic West, Wayne Collyer, said the competition provides an opportunity for young people to showcase their skills to their peers and industry.

“Students participating in such competitions increase their job prospects and gain satisfaction from their success” Mr Collyer said.

Having competed in the West Australian finals last year, Aaron is now excited to be representing WA in Sydney later this year.

“The WA competition was a huge challenge for me” Mr Purdy said.

“We had very little time to perform x-ray standard welds and, there was a huge amount of pressure because everyone in the bays next to you is competing for the same thing”.

Aaron is now honing his skills for the three-day competition in Sydney with the support of his lecturers Glen Jones and Stewart Greaves, and his employer Callidus Welding Solutions, in Balcatta.

“My lecturers have been amazing. They’ve helped me to develop my knowledge of welding and to refine my technical skills.

“Without their support, I’m not sure I would have achieved this success” Mr Purdy said.

So, with a few months until the big event, what are Aaron’s plans?

“Train and practice, practice and train” he says with a slight chuckle.

“I’m going to spend as much time as I can learning everything I need to know. Ultimately, I want to be able to weld any material” Mr Purdy said.

We wish Aaron the very best of luck.

For further information on

Boilermaking/Welding studies at

Polytechnic West call 9267 7500.