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Vocational students on track for national finals

By Patrick Nelson

Skyla Stewart, Connor Jones, Eden Tohi and Ashleigh Owen at the food and beverage final in Alice Springs Skyla Stewart, Connor Jones, Eden Tohi and Ashleigh Owen at the food and beverage final in Alice Springs

Charles Darwin University appears destined to be well represented at the WorldSkills Australia National Competition in Perth next year, with several vocational students having met the eligibility criteria.

D’koda Lee-Feeney (hairdressing), Oliver Schinkel (electrical installations), Jasmine Gordon (beauty) and Adrian Quan (refrigeration) have all won gold medals at Territory open regional competitions in their categories in recent weeks.

Silver medallists Jay Timney (bakery) and James Lumuli (business) have also been short-listed for the NT team.

More than 500 of Australia’s most talented students, trainees and apprentices will compete next September in an intense three-day national final to determine Australia’s best in a range of skills and trades.

Meanwhile, a further four CDU students have taken Territory WorldSkills honours at the Vocational Education and Training in Schools level.

Samantha Bennet impressed judges in the cookery final, Skyla Stewart did likewise in food and beverage, Simone Gale in retail and Kaiya Smith in tourism.