November 5, 2021

IBSA has a long history of supporting the VET sector and skills development. In 2019, we sponsored two Skillaroos Josh Boon, Cabinetmaker, and Clinton Larkings, Industrial Mechanics Millwright, to compete in the 2019 WorldSkills Championships in Kazan, Russia.

Their skills helped Australia to finish 8th in the competition with Clinton achieving a silver medal alongside three other Australian bronze medal finalists in Refrigeration & Air Conditioning, Plumbing, and Vehicle Painting.

In 2021, we sponsored the WorldSkills Australia National Championship categories of Fitting, Turning, Shee­tmetal Technology and Construction Steel Work.

43 competitors competed to be crowned the best in their field and we would like to congratulate all competitors and medal winners. See photos below.


GoldLisiate HullSouth Australia – South East SA
SilverAlex DandieWestern Australia – Perth North
BronzeHarrison BlatchNew South Wales – Macquarie


GoldBrett Andrew SimpsonWestern Australia – Perth South
SilverWarwick ReinhardtNew South Wales – Sydney
BronzeAndrew VintinerNew South Wales – Illawarra

Sheetmetal Technology

GoldTim BarronQueensland – Brisbane
SilverMatt LoretaWestern Australia – Perth North
BronzeMichael AventWestern Australia – Perth South

Construction Steel Work

GoldKarl OppermannQueensland – East Coast QLD
SilverJackson Le ClercNew South Wales – Sydney West
BronzeMackenzie ThomsonNew South Wales – Macquarie

Young apprentices represent the future of workforce skills for the manufacturing industry and IBSA Group is proud to support the incredible talent of young people in trades.