Five minutes with…Patrick Bourke

Patrick Bourke, a 22-year-old apprentice carpenter from Moama, is excited to get to Sydney to compete, “I am very proud and honoured to represent Victoria in this great competition. I am also very nervous, but feel like this is going to help me become a stronger and better craftsmen,” he says.

Patrick is in his fourth year of his carpentry course at GOTAFE Shepparton and is employed by Bourke Builder in Echuca. He will compete in the Carpentry competition at the Skills Show. Patrick earned his place at the National Championships after coming second at the 2017 WorldSkills Australia Regional Competitions.

“I loved my experience at the regional competition. It was a great learning curve on how to deal with pressure and it also gave me great feedback on some small areas to improve on,” he said. Patrick said he was practising as much as possible and working with GOTAFE to get the best out of himself at the National Championships.

“I hope to construct a high quality piece of work that displays all the skills I’ve learnt throughout my apprenticeship.”

Patrick has followed his father into the building trade saying, “I have grown up in the construction industry and fell in love with working with my hands and constructing something some people can only dream about.

I love turning someone’s dream into a 3D, touchable object.”

Patrick’s goals for the future are to achieve a top score at the WorldSkills National Championships, to complete a Certificate IIII in Building Construction Management in the next two years and to eventually get his commercial building licence and own a large-scale building company.

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