Local students at WorldSkills Australia competition in Melbourne.

Four Mountains TAFE students will be competing at the WorldSkills Australia national championships in Melbourne next month.

IT student Sam Leatherdale

IT student Sam Leatherdale

Two of the students are attending Blue Mountains TAFE while the other two live here but study at Western Sydney TAFE.

Auto repair competitor, Jade McSorley

Auto repair competitor, Jade McSorley

While many people are aware of the traditional trades benefiting from practical skills, our Blue Mountains College will be sending two IT students to the 2016 WorldSkills Australia National Competition in Melbourne from 6th to 8th of October.

Jarom Fulthorp from Springwood will be competing in Programming while Sam Leatherdale from Leura will be putting his web design and development skills to the ultimate test.

Sam and Jarom have both been taught by WorldSkills Chief Judge of VETiS Information Technology and Blue Mountains College teacher Colin Tyrrell.  Sam will be hoping to follow in the footsteps of fellow Blue Mountains College Web Design graduate, Harlon Wilton who won a silver medal at last year's International WorldSkills competition in Rio.

In addition, Jade McSorley from Mt Victoria will be representing Western Sydney TAFE in Automotive Repair and Kay-Lee Howlett from Katoomba will be competing in Beauty Therapy under the watchful eye of WorldSkills International Expert Beauty Therapy judge and Blue Mountains College teacher Christine Churchill.

The four will compete in Melbourne on October 6-8, vying for national recognition.