Electrolux electrical apprentice Lyle Davies has set his sights on taking on the best apprentices in the country after winning a regional World Skills competition in Bathurst recently.
Davies was successful in the 2013 mechatronics and programmable logic controller (PLC) section which means he progresses to the next stage against the best apprentices in Australia in Perth in September.
He will team up with regional section runner-up Peter Johnson from Cadia Valley Operations in Perth and if they’re successful there, they’ll progress through to the world stage in Brazil later next year.
“We’re absolutely going over to Perth to win because we want to go one better and go to Brazil,” Davies said.
Davies’s supervisor Dave Anderson admitted he was extremely proud of the third year apprentice and expected him to do well in anything he does.
“Lyle put in a lot of effort and I pushed for him to enter the competition because I knew he had the ability to win it,” he said.
“Now he’s done well at local level I believe he’s got the ability to do well in the other levels too.”
The competition is designed to test apprentices’ ability to design, assemble, program, commission and maintain an integrated control system consisting of equipment that is controlled by a PLC.
The 19-year-old paid tribute to his supervisors and fellow colleagues for teaching him everything he knows.
He also expects much stiffer competition in Perth.
“I was over the moon to get a bit of recognition but I know I’ve still got a lot of practising to do before Perth,” he said.
“That’ll be a whole new level.”