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Student painting his way to success

09 Feb 2016

Congratulations to Chris French from Craigieburn, one of our Painting and Decorating students, who recently won gold in the Worldskills Regional competition in Melbourne.

Chris started his education journey at Melbourne Polytechnic in the ‘Ticket To A Trade’ program, which gives students the chance to try out a range of building trades before deciding on the career they want to pursue.

“I left school because I wanted to do something with my hands,” says Chris, “and I found the Ticket To A Trade program and thought that would be a good start.”

Chris selected painting and decorating as his career of choice, and is employed while he completes his apprenticeship and his training in the Certificate III in Painting and Decorating.

“I feel comfortable doing this, and I enjoy the hands-on skill involved,” he said. His experience to date has included working on new houses, where he notes a distinct lack of wallpaper being used these days.

One of the subjects at school that Chris loved was art, and he aims to eventually combine his professional skills with his artistic talent.

“I’d love to do mural work,” he says, and judging by the beautiful Japanese style koi fish he painted as part of his classwork, and his teacher’s observation about his high standard of work in the course, he has every chance of succeeding.

Chris will now go on to represent the Melbourne region in the painting and decorating category at the 2016 WorldSkills Australia National Competition to be held at Melbourne Showgrounds in October.


Media enquiries should be directed to Melbourne Polytechnic Communications Officer, Anita Coia, on 03 9269 1251 or ua.ud1558911904e.cin1558911904hcety1558911904lopen1558911904ruobl1558911904em@ai1558911904deM1558911904

Melbourne Polytechnic (formerly NMIT) operates across six campuses and five specialist training centres throughout Melbourne. The institute delivers high quality vocational snd higher education in industry-standard facilities.

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