It was not until the second year of his Australian Apprenticeship that Guy Brooks realised welding was his passion.
After completing year 10, Guy started a Certificate IV in Engineering (Fabrication and Welding) at age 16.
With an aim to improve his skills and knowledge, in 2009 Guy won his local WorldSkills Australia Regional Competition in welding, which was followed by gold at the WorldSkills Australia National Competition in 2010.
This resulted in selection to compete at the 2011 WorldSkills International Competition in London, with preparation for the event involving representing Australia in competitions in Beijing and Atlanta.
After a two year build-up, Guy’s dedication was rewarded when he took out a silver medal at the international level.
“I trained for more than 12 months and put in more than 300 hours of my own time and many more during work to prepare for London,” Guy said.
“Completing an apprenticeship has given me some great opportunities, and it shows that if you are willing to work hard, you can achieve almost anything.
“If you had of told me when I was a 16-year-old leaving school that I would travel to the USA, China and England through my apprenticeship, I would not have believed you.”
Guy’s success with WorldSkills Australia is matched by winning numerous awards throughout his Australian Apprenticeship, including the 2011 Welding Technology Institute of Australia National Young Tradesperson of the Year.
The former TAFE Illawarra student is now working for K&R Fabrications who are based in Unanderra and service Wollongong, Port Kembla and southern Sydney.
“I hope to become a welding inspector and to stay involved in WorldSkills as a judge and mentor,” he said.