BSL tradesman to test his skills with Australian Skillaroos

HONOUR: Gladstone’s Brandon Gillett (right) will travel to Germany in July to compete in the International WorldSkills competition. Pictured with BSL general manager Joe Rea.
HONOUR: Gladstone’s Brandon Gillett (right) will travel to Germany in July to compete in the International WorldSkills competition. Pictured with BSL general manager Joe Rea. Contributed

GLADSTONE'S Brandon Gillett is waving the flag for the industrial town and Australia at the next WorldSkills competition.

The talented tradesman will join 30 other young people from the Australian Skillaroos team to compete in the WorldSkills Competition held in Leipzig, Germany in July.

Brandon, who works as a tradesman at Boyne Smelters Limited (BSL), will compete in the Polymechanics and Automation section of the WorldSkills competition.

He will be the first Australian chosen to compete in the category.

Brandon and his fellow Skillaroos team mates were invited to Parliament House on May 29 for a farewell reception with Education Minister John-Paul Langbroek.

Brandon has been working closely with his trainers, mentors and employer BSL to develop and refine his skills, all in the hope of bringing home a medal for Australia.

Brandon said he was looking forward to showcasing his skills on a world stage.

"WorldSkills provides the perfect platform to challenge yourself and see how you compare to other people in your trade, from your region, from around Australia, and luckily for me now I can benchmark my skills against the best in the world," he said.

BSL general manager Joe Rea said Brandon's commitment to his trade contributed to his success.

"BSL is so proud of Brandon's achievements to date and his international selection is a credit to his dedication and commitment to perfecting the skills of his trade," Mr Rea said.

Mr Rea said the smelter held a long-standing tradition of mentoring apprentices to compete in the WorldSkills competition.

Last year Brandon scored a gold medal in Sydney after being the fourth apprentice to compete in the turning section at the 2012 National World Skills Finals.

"We are immensely proud of Brandon's achievements in representing both Australia, BSL and our region at a world level and we wish him all the best as his skills are put to the ultimate test," Mr Rea said.