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Dubbo’s John Ciappara wins place in national World Skills competition

Dubbo College student John Ciappara has won Third Place in the national World Skills championships. Photo: Supplied Dubbo College student John Ciappara has won Third Place in the national World Skills championships. Photo: Supplied

A Dubbo College Year 12 student has taken third place in metals and engineering in the national World Skills competition in Melbourne.

John Ciappara went into the three-day competition last week, which saw contestants complete two sections of work.

The first section was a sheet metal exercise where students were asked to construct a cantilever toolbox, while section two required them to fabricate and weld a V-block.

John successfully negotiated both tasks, taking a well-earned place on the podium in the event.

The 18-year-old’s success stands him in good stead to take up a heavy diesel mechanic apprenticeship following the Higher School Certificate exams.

“I have really enjoyed my metals and engineering course at Senior Campus because I tend to do well with the practical subjects,” John said.

“Mr White was my teacher and I’d have to say the subject was definitely my favourite.

“Both my parents work in practical occupations and I’m hoping to work as a labourer with my uncle after the HSC so I can earn some money to help pay for tools for my apprenticeship next year.”

Metals and engineering teacher and Senior Campus deputy principal, Nigel White, said three students from Dubbo College represented the school and the Dubbo community very well in Melbourne.

“John Ciappara has really applied himself to the subject and he’s been a pleasure to teach during the past couple of years,” he said.

“His colleague in the subject, Jesse Perry, likewise is an excellent student and actually took out the regional World Skills title ahead of John who came third.

“Both boys then contested the national finals, with John progressing to third in Australia.

“Senior Campus arts captain Robert Barling also travelled to Melbourne to contest the information technology section, coming seventh in the nation.

“I think it really speaks volumes about the strength of vocational education at Dubbo College that we had three students compete at this prestigious level.”

- Contributed by Dubbo College