Cool under pressure

Liam Janetzki was only a few days into his Australian Apprenticeship in refrigeration and air conditioning when he realised that it was the career he wanted to pursue.

Growing up with an interest in electronics, the Queenslander enjoyed the mix of mechanics, complex electronics and thermal dynamics that his Australian Apprenticeship offered.

In 2009, his refrigeration skills were rewarded by being selected to compete in the WorldSkills Australia Regional Competition.

After securing first place at the regional level, Liam competed and won the 2010 WorldSkills Australia National Competition - a three day event designed to test his manufacturing and fault identification skills.

Following his national success, Liam was invited to represent Australia at the WorldSkills International Competition in London.

Liam spent the next nine months undergoing further training in preparation for London after completing his Australian Apprenticeship in December 2010.

At the WorldSkills International Competition, he competed against 24 competitors over four days from across the world and walked away with the silver medal.

“It was an incredibly hard competition but was one of the greatest experiences of my life,” Liam said.

“It tested every aspect of the trade and my training and pushed me to be the best I could be.”

Since returning to Australia he has been working at the recently completed state-of-the-art Southern Queensland Correctional Centre for QBuild undertaking facilities maintenance.

Ever keen to continue to develop and improve, Liam is about to embark on his second Australian Apprenticeship, a Certificate III in Distribution (Linesperson).

If you are interested in an Australian Apprenticeship and how to get started, download An Australian Apprenticeship - Endless Career Possibilities brochure or contact your local Australian Apprenticeship Support Network provider.

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