WorldSkills Australia has announced two talented youngsters will represent the baking and pastry industry in the lead up to next year’s competition in São Paulo, Brazil.
The 2015 Skills Squad, a team made up of the country’s most highly skilled tradesmen and women across 26 skills, includes John Reminis (pictured) and Adele Di Bella.
A competition-circuit regular, John will represent employer Bakehouse Delights and TAFE NSW Illawarra Institute, Wollongong Campus, and is being trained by Ashley Schmidt.
In the pâtisserie and confectionery category, Adele will represent her employer Cavallaro Cake Works. The TAFE NSW Northern Sydney Institute, Ryde College student is being trained by Herve Boutin.
The two earned their positions following a rigorous selection process in conjunction with their medal-winning performance at the 2014 WorldSkills Australia National Competition, held in Perth in September.
The young champions will now undergo intensive training throughout the next six months, with the ultimate goal of securing a position as a 2015 Skillaroo.
WorldSkills Australia chief executive officer Mark Callaghan said the team is hoping to return to a top 10 ranking at the international level.
“These talented Australians, together with selected industry experts, represent the high level of skills and skills training in this country,” he said.
The Skills Squad was introduced this year by WorldSkills Australia as a new concept, which will involve the ongoing evaluation of each member to ensure they are meeting their training commitments. The goal of this process is for Australia to achieve the best possible result at the international level, in a competition that now has 72 member countries.
Members of the squad will now work closely with their training manager and experts in their respective fields to refine their skills. They met for the first time as a team at the Skills Squad Training Camp, held in Wollongong in early December.
The squad consists of 29 competitors and 29 training managers from across the country.