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LOCAL GRAPHIC DESIGNER LONDON-BOUND

April 7, 2011

Bairnsdale graphic designer Nick Sharp is London-bound as he heads off to represent Australia at the WorldSkills International Competition.

The talented 20-year-old has been sharpening his skills over the past year after being selected as one of 29 trade and skills champions from across the country.

Nick began his graphic design career prior to finishing Year 11 when he was offered a job with James Yeates Printers. He has now been there for over three years and became involved in the WorldSkills Program when he completed one of the program’s regional modules at trade school.

Having done well, Nick was sent to the national competition where he came second, qualifying him for the international competition.

The Nationals Member for Gippsland Darren Chester today congratulated Nick and wished him all the best ahead of his upcoming competition.

“It’s great to see talent from East Gippsland being recognised and having the opportunity to represent the region on a world stage,” Mr Chester said.

“Nick has done extremely well to get through to the Australian squad – it’s a great honour to represent your country and there’s no doubt he will do everyone proud at the competition in London.”

Mr Chester said the WorldSkills event highlighted the opportunities that were available for young people in regional areas to gain valuable work and training experience.

“Providing opportunities for young people in regional areas by participating in on-the-job training is another way we can help them to a meaningful career that allows them to continue living in Gippsland,” Mr Chester said.

“The WorldSkills program is a great way for our best young talent to push themselves to a higher level and to learn more from experts in their field in some of the most highly competitive industries such as engineering, manufacturing and design.”

Nick will compete in London between October 5 and 8.  Sale florist Tamika Mackrell will also represent Gippsland at the championships.

For further information about WorldSkills Australia and the 2011 Team Australia Skillaroos log on to www.worldskills.org.au

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