Regional success for local tradies

David de Lange and Natasha Schmalz have been recognised for their skills at the NSW Training Awards and the Skills Regional Competition.

David de Lange and Natasha Schmalz have been recognised for their skills at the NSW Training Awards and the Skills Regional Competition.

Locals David de Lange and Natasha Schmalz have been recognised for their skills in their trades in two separate events.

Natasha returned from the 2019 WorldSkills Regional Competition held in Orange on June 24 with a bronze medal for the welding category.

Entrants in the welding competition were judged on six different welds, with the gold and silver medals being awarded to two third year apprentices from Dubbo.

Along with being the only female competing in the welding category, Natasha was the only second-year apprentice to take on the challenge.

Natasha said receiving the medal was a pretty proud moment especially since she was up against third year apprentices.

Natasha is completing her Metal Fabrication and Welding apprenticeship with MidPro Engineering and Irrigation.

The WorldSkills Regional Competition is held every two years, with the next one to be hosted in 2021.

Natasha said she hopes to take part in the next WorldSkills competition if she still fits the competition's criteria.

For more information on WorldSkills visit www.worldskills.org.au

Midpro Engineering owner, Ian 'Bart' Bartholomaeus said Natasha's bronze award was a credit to her and that she sets a high standard with her ability and persistence.

"To put herself under pressure keeping up in the WorldSkills and getting a bronze medal is a really good effort."

David de Lange, who won a silver medal in the fitting category of the 2018 WorldSkills National Championships, has been named a finalist in the 2019 NSW Training Awards.

David was nominated in the 2019 Apprentice of the Year category of the training awards, which was open to nominees who were due to complete their training between 1 October 1, 2018 and September 29, 2019.

He completed his apprenticeship last year as a fitter and turner with MidPro Engineering, while completing his Certificate III in Mechanical Trade at TAFE NSW.

The NSW Training Awards are conducted annually by Training Services NSW and recognise achievements in the vocational education and training sector.

David said it was nice to be nominated for the award and selected as a finalist as it recognises the work and effort he put in while an apprentice.