Driven to succeed
Being paid to learn was a major reason behind Daniel Karanges’ decision to undertake an Australian Apprenticeship in engineering – specialising in sheet metal fabrication.
The move has proved to be an inspired choice – with the skills learned during his Australian Apprenticeship helping Daniel win a gold medal at the WorldSkills Australia National Competition and a bronze medal at the 2009 WorldSkills International Competition in Calgary.
Remarkably, Daniel won the WorldSkills Australia National Competition despite having glandular fever.
“I was struck down about two months from the competition,” he said.
“I thought about pulling out but my teachers and mentors encouraged me. I actually though it would be pretty cool to win a gold medal with glandular fever.”
The national success was followed by an intense training period as he prepared for the WorldSkills International Competition.
“It was a really big learning curve for me – I trained for up to 15 hours a week, on top of my working hours, to give myself the best chance to compete against the world’s elite,” he said.
“To come third was unbelievable and it is an experience I will never forget.”
Now the 26-year-old is in a project supervisor role at Stoddart Manufacturing in Queensland.
Daniel has completed a Certificate III in Engineering (Fabrication Trade) at SkillsTech Australia, a Certificate IV in Training and Assessment and a Diploma of Engineering – with plans to study mechanical engineering at university.