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Silver Medal to NMIT student in Worldskills jewellery competition

26 Mar 2013

NMIT has once again scored in the Worldskills jewellery competition, with Apprentice Patrick Taylor winning the 2008 Silver medal.

Patrick had to create a pendant, which tested the skills of all competitors to the limit.

'It required more skills than the regional competition,' Patrick said. 'It was more intricate.'

WorldSkills is a competition in which young people under 23 from a range of trades compete against their peers from across the nation.

Competitors are set a complex project, and are then judged on the skills exhibited in their work.

The competition takes place over three days and the jewellery result was very close, with the judges saying it was down to the wire on the last day.

When the prizes were announced, Patrick was 'stoked'. He had entered the competition with NMIT classmate Joel Drew two years ago, and seen Joel win gold and then go on to get silver in the international competition.

'I was amazed at where it took him,' Patrick said. With a couple of years more experience behind him, and with the encouragement of his NMIT teachers, Patrick decided to enter again. This time he scored a great result.

Patrick fell into the jewellery trade almost accidentally.

'I finished High School and needed a job,' he said. One came up with a local jeweller in Sale. Patrick began work and was surprised at how interesting he found it. When the Sale jewellery closed down he did a stint in Melbourne but has returned to his local area to work for Curtis Australia in Bairnsdale.

Patrick now has his sights set on some of the industry scholarships, perhaps involving overseas study.

'The award will definitely help,' he said.


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