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Jesse Lloyde won first place in the WorldSkills Australia Regional Competition for Electrical Installation

Tammy Creaser - Friday, October 23, 2015

Jesse is part of the team at Bordertown Pumps and Refrigeration and took part in the WorldSkills competition in Mount Gambier in August.

Jesse was presented with his medal on September 15 at Mount Gambier TAFE and said he was very honoured to win the award.

"It was nice to compare yourself against other trades and make sure that you know where you're at compared to everyone else," he said.

"It's a tough competition but it was a great experience."

Jesse said for the competition he had eight hours to complete a series of tasks including wiring a switchboard, two lights, and two power points.

"It was full-on, measurements had to be within 5mm, so we had to be exact," he said.

"From 8.30am to 4.30 we had to work on the task, then afterwards the judges test all the circuits to make sure everything works, which was quite daunting.

"Then afterwards I got a message on the way home that I'd won so I was stoked."

Bordertown Pumps and Refrigeration director Daniel Staude said they were very proud of Jesse's achievement.

"It was excellent, he has come a long way and it was great to see him achieve that skill level and quality of work," he said.

"We are very proud of what he has done.

"WorldSkills is a really good test of what they've learnt on the job because it's more of the hands-on side of it, which they don't do as much of at trade school."

WorldSkills Australia Regional Competitions take place in 31 regions across the country between March and October, where competitors aged 18 to 23 years are marked against a rigorous framework aligned to national training packages, standards and benchmarks.

There are 52 competition skills on offer from the automotive services, building and construction, computing and business, client services, hospitality services and metal and engineering industries.

Regional-level medallists may be selected to progress to the 2016 WorldSkills Australia National Competition, where they can then move on to represent Australia at the 44th WorldSkills Competition in Abu Dhabi.

Jesse said he was a few months too old to be eligible to move onto the next phase, so runner-up Jason Kilsby from Mount Gambier will take his place.

"Unfortunately I'm too old to go onto the next stage as there is an age limit, so second place will go onto that," he said.

For more information on WorldSkills Australia Regional Competitions visit