Student shows his mettle

Ellie HoneyboneSound Telegraph

Gilmore College student Thomas Pratt looks set for a bright future in the world of engineering after earning a gold medal at the World Skills Australia 2016 National Competition in Melbourne earlier this month.

The 17-year-old finished the three-day competition with a score of 93 out of 100 in the Metals and Engineering category in which students had to design and build a toolbox.

To prepare for the competition, Thomas spent many hours out of school working on his skills.

He signed up for night classes and worked with his mentors at South Metropolitan TAFE on the weekends to perfect his welding.

“Thomas is a remarkable student and one of our school’s most highly decorated VET pupils,” Gilmore College principal Rohan Smith said.

“He was very organised and prepared for this task and it is fantastic to see his hard work rewarded.”

Thomas is the first World Skills National medallist for Gilmore College.

He said it felt great to return home with the win.

“Everyone’s work looked really good — the standard was high and the competition was intense,” Thomas said.

“I enjoyed getting creative with my toolbox and seeing my design work out well. I have been interested in a career in engineering for a long time now and I am looking forward to future study in the field.”

Thomas has now completed his Certificate II in Engineering as part of the Kwinana Industries Council Metals and Engineering School-based Traineeship and is set to undertake an apprenticeship next year.

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