Axalta organised and hosted the WorldSkills Australia Regional Competition for the Queensland Region on 26 November. Young apprentices showcased their talents in a test of skill and knowledge in the vehicle painting category.

Axalta is a Principal Category Partner with WorldSkills Australia, supporting the 2019 Regional Competitions and the 2020 WorldSkills Australia National Competition.

The calibre of entrants competing at Axalta’s Gold Coast Training Centre was exceptional. After a fierce competition the final winners were Aaryn Mckeegan, who won Gold, Olivia Agnew who won Silver and the Bronze winner was Angelina Jasmine Aitken.

Competitors used the Standoblue waterborne basecoat for all colour application, involving a two-tone design as specified by WorldSkills. One of the benefits of using Standoblue basecoat is that it could be hardened and dried quickly, ready to mask up for the second colour all within a very small time frame. This was essential to getting everyone finished on the day.

Each winner walked away with a Sagola gun, courtesy of Axalta.

Axalta’s Training Manager, Paul Polverino, who oversaw the competition, said “We are very proud to support these exceptional young Australians and provide them with new opportunities for growth. Axalta’s passion for our industry and desire to secure its future through young professionals is what drives us”.

The 2020 WorldSkills Australia National Competition will be held on 13 -15 August 2020 at the Perth Convention & Exhibition Centre. Axalta Coating Systems will continue its partnering role as sponsor and proud supporter of these talented vehicle painting competitors.

Through this strategic partnership, Axalta is able to support and encourage the trainees and apprentices who are the upcoming leaders of the industry – a mission that is an integral part of the innovative company’s future-minded vision.

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