Five minutes with…Jack Strachan

Jack Strachan, an 18-year-old apprentice carpenter from Mittagong, has been selected to compete against the best up and coming Australian carpenters at the National Championships in June.

Jack is in his second year of a Certificate III Carpentry at TAFE NSW Wollongong and is employed by Davis Rice Constructions in Berrima.

After earning his place at the National Championships after a strong performance at the 2017 WorldSkills Australia Regional Competitions, Jack has been training after work two nights a week for more than four hours in preparation for the National Championships.

“It’s been hard but hopefully it pays off.  At the Nationals I’m hoping to go in with a positive attitude and leave nothing out there,” said Jack.

“Medal or not, I just want to walk away knowing that I did all I could and tried my best. I feel very privileged but extremely nervous!

“I’m very grateful to WorldSkills and my employer for this opportunity. I feel privileged yet extremely nervous,” Jack says.

Jack said his father had been the biggest influence in him pursuing a skill, and said his goals were to obtain his builder’s licence, start in the industry by building cottage-like homes and eventually build architectural houses.

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