Orange tradies put their skills to the test against the nation's best apprentices

FIRED UP: Welder Jake Offner practises his grinding skills ahead of competing in the WorldSkills competition next month. Photo: Jude Keogh

FIRED UP: Welder Jake Offner practises his grinding skills ahead of competing in the WorldSkills competition next month. Photo: Jude Keogh

The sparks are set to fly when Orange TAFE tradies Jake Offner, Adam Stanford and James Kelly put their skills to the ultimate test.

They are part of a 10-strong TAFE Western team heading to Melbourne for next month’s three-day WorldSkills competition.

Offner, 20, a welder, has three six-hour projects to complete, and it’s all about the pressure.

One task involves building a pressure vessel where the welds must hold. If it starts leaking, he’s in strife.

Offner said he was confident his intense training, up to 15 hours a week for 10 weeks, would see him right.

“So far I’m pretty good with all training. You have got to get all the preparations right. If you don’t practise, you’ve got no chance.”

Kelly will compete in turning and Stanford in electrical installation.

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