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Bronze becomes Silver for Horticulture student

27 Jul 2008

NMIT second-year landscape apprentice, Christopher Dimitriou, claimed a Bronze medal at this month's WorldSkills Australia National Competition in Sydney.

In a surprising twist, Bronze became Silver when the original second place-getter was ruled ineligible because of a discrepancy in age. This means that Chris can pack his bags, and tools, for the WorldSkills Championships in Canada next May.

Chris competed in the Landscape Construction section, which is one of the 41 categories that make up the national competition.

The function of WorldSkills Australia is to promote Vocational Education and Training through special skills competitions. These operate on a two-year cycle where regional competitions progress to nationals and then flow through to international events.

Industry has a direct and integral part to play in the design of respective competition projects, providing appropriately qualified judges and ensuring that the competitions are aligned with training and education currently provided within the Australian VET system.

Chris's high placement in this keenly contested national competition is a reflection not only on his own skill levels but the supportive development he has received through his education and training at NMIT.

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