North Metropolitan TAFE graphic design student Chris Williamson from Warnbro has just returned home from the 2016 WorldSkills Australia National Competition (6-8 October, Melbourne) donning a gold medal.
Chris (aged 17) was one of 500 participants aged 16-24 competing across 60 different skills areas in the competition which has been dubbed Australia’s largest trades and skills showcase.
Chris competed in the Graphic Design category against seven other students for six hours each day over three days. Chris had to plan and design the branding, packaging and advertising for a specific company. His work was assessed by a panel of industry experts and he was awarded a gold medal.
“Winning gold in this competition means everything to me,” said Chris. “I was up against people who had already graduated, who were working in the industry and it proves to me that in the future, I should be able to get out there and do some pretty amazing stuff.”
Chris may now be selected to represent Australia as a Skillaroo at the 44th WorldSkills Competition in Abu Dhabi, UAE, in October 2017 and compete against over 70 member countries.
After completing Year 10 at Warnbro Community High School, Chris enrolled in the combined Certificate III & IV in Printing and Graphic Arts at North Metropolitan TAFE in Northbridge. Now in the final term of the Diploma of Graphic Design, Chris believes that his TAFE studies have put him on the road to success.
“I’ve gone from knowing very little about Adobe PhotoShop to having internationally recognised certifications in software programs like Adobe Illustrator and Adobe InDesign. The quality of the TAFE lecturers and the training I’ve received at TAFE is phenomenal – every skill I know has come from my training.”
North Metropolitan TAFE Graphic Design Production Lecturer Chris Schnell was proud of Chris’ gold medal win but said he wasn’t surprised given his skills, knowledge and dedication.
“Chris worked on several live work projects during his studies so he went into this competition with the very best technical skills to create high quality design projects up to industry standards,” said Mr Schnell. “This combined with his creative mind and approach has seen him compete against some older competitors and have so much success at such a young age.”
Chris plans to complete the Advanced Diploma of Graphic Design next year and look for employment within a graphic design agency. Ultimately he’d like to work in Sweden or Germany for a large agency where he’ll get the opportunity to work on some exciting designs and brands.