DBS Australia assist local fitter going for Gold in WorldSkills Australia’s International Competition


David Brown Santasalo Australia recently welcomed local Mechanical Fitter, Michael Bowen to our facility in Bulli, Australia NSW. Michael, who works for a local Aviation Engineering company is taking part in the Worldskills Australia competition. He will represent Australia alongside other young competitors at the upcoming International finals in September of this year!

As part of his preparations for the next phase of the competition, Michael required some hands-on experience in developing his fitting skills. David Baldwin from local education institution, TAFE South Region NSW contacted DBS Australia’s Managing Director, Dean Leydecker to ask if we could assist Michael in developing his skillset. 

We were delighted to oblige and welcomed Michael and Daniel into our Bulli workshop to find out more about the history of our business, take a tour of the workshop and of course, gain some valuable experience with our team of specialists!

“We were extremely excited to bring Michael into the DBS Bulli facility and partner him up with our very experienced fitters. Giving him some further insights of gearbox fitting and problem solving as this could be one of the disciplines tested at the upcoming Worldskills competition. He has a promising and bright future ahead of him within his engineering career. We wish him luck for the international stages of the competition and will support him every step of the way!”

Dean Leydecker

Managing Director, David Brown Santasalo Australia

What is Worldskills Australia?

Worldskills Australia has been empowering excellence in young Australians since 1981. They believe that skills drive the future of young people across Australia. Since the 80s, they have championed skills excellence in vocational, technological and service-oriented careers and helped over 100,000 people compete in national and international skills competitions. They believe skills grow careers, foster life-long partnerships, and build successful communities!

The Worldskills competition is held every two years in three stages, with the first stage being at regional level. Students, apprentices, and trainees can enter the Regional competitions through their TAFE training facility, which test the skills and knowledge of 4000+ Australian apprentices, trainees and students. More than 500 events take place in 34 regions around the country during this heat.

Regional winners under the age of 24 will then make their way to the National Competition, which is Australia’s biggest vocational education and excellence competition!

Finally, the most exciting stage of all is the International Competition, where winners from each category under the age of 22 will complete extensive training under the watchful eyes and guidance of skill and industry experts in preparation for Worldskills 2024 in Lyon, France. WorldSkills Australia send a highly trained team called the Skillaroos to compete against 86 member countries for the title of the World’s most skilled country!

This is an exciting time and we would like to wish Michael every success at the International Competition. What an achievement!

To find out more about Worldskills Australia, please visit their website: https://www.worldskills.org.au/

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