PATRICK Bourke will be one of 12 GOTAFE apprentices heading to Sydney to represent Victoria in the Tradie Olympics next month.
The 21-year-old fourth year apprentice builder will ply his trade against the best in the country at Australia’s largest and most prestigious trade and skills competition.
From July to October the Regional WorldSkills Competitions were held at GOTAFE’s Shepparton and Wangaratta Campuses across a variety of fields including building, automotive, plumbing, baking, hairdressing and beauty therapy.
The WorldSkills national championships will see 500 competitors aged 16-24 years representing 60 skills.
With more than 20,000 spectators, 300 judges, 120 volunteers and $10 million worth of materials and equipment, competitors will spend up to 20 hours battling it out with the nation’s best tradies.
Patrick jumped at the opportunity to join his dad’s business in 2015 after completing high school.
After a love of wood work at school and growing up with a family of builders, Patrick said moving into the family business was a natural progression.
“It’s great working in the family business. It’s something I’ve wanted to do since I was young,” he said.
“I’m a bit nervous but very excited for the competition. I was proud to qualify for the Victorian team amongst some talented people.
“We will do some training to prepare for the event and I’ve done some similar competitions in Shepparton, so hopefully we can put in a good performance.”