CANOBOLAS Rural Technology High School year 11 student Ben Hicks is trying his hardest to become the best in the region at metal and engineering but what he might not realise is that he is winning even if he loses.
He is competing in the regional WorldSkills Australia Vocational Education and Training in Schools (VETiS) program.
He has six hours to build a hobby machine vice from scratch and he is competing against four other students from around the area.
Judge Jeff Hort, of Jeff Hort Engineering said, initially, he was against this type of training in school because if people wanted to go out and get an apprenticeship then they should leave school, go to TAFE and get a job.
“I’m warming to it,” he said.
Mr Hort said whether the students from Canobolas Rural Technology High School, from Yeoval and Oberon complete the project in the six hours or not, they are learning skills they will never forget and learning skills under pressure is invaluable.
Canobolas High head of industrial arts and computers Matt Scott said the competition was a great way to get attention.
“Any kid who makes it through this far can impress any employer,” he said.
Students competed last week in their own schools, then they compete in regional heats over the coming weeks, the winner is then sent to a state competition in Sydney and the winner of that competes in Perth. There is potential for the Australian winner to compete internationally.