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Design skills go on show

Thursday, 29th April, 2010

Robynne Sanderson, Head Teacher of Information Technology, and Daniel Sowden, the newest team member at the BDT, with his scholarship award. Robynne Sanderson, Head Teacher of Information Technology, and Daniel Sowden, the newest team member at the BDT, with his scholarship award.

One of the new recruits to the Barrier Daily Truth team, Daniel Sowden, is showing off his website skills at a national level.

Daniel has been selected for the National World Skills Competition final.

World Skills gives young Australians under the age of 23 the opportunity to gain new skills and every two years it holds a competition to promote Vocational Education and Training.

Daniel, who studied Certificate IV in Web Design at the Broken Hill campus of TAFE in 2009, has been given sponsorship to compete in the competition next week in Brisbane.

In the regional World Skills competition held in December last year, Daniel won the Web Design section. Broken Hill is part of the Macquarie Region, which includes TAFE campuses from as far east as Lithgow and Bathurst to Broken Hill.

Robynne Sanderson, the head teacher of Information Technology at the local TAFE, said this competition was a "bit like the Olympics".

"The winner of the competition gets a gold medal," she said.

In next week's national finals, around 500 participants will compete for gold medals in 50 trade and skill categories.

The three-day comp will be held from Friday May 7 to Sunday May 9 at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre.

Daniel said he felt "pretty good" about getting into finals.

Ms Sanderson said this was a good achievement for Daniel and it showed how high the quality of work was. "It's good that Daniel is getting to use his skills at the BDT and to compete," she said.

After three months, Daniel said he is enjoying working at the BDT and that he encouraged other people to enter the World Skills competition.

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