10 October 2011
Nick wins WorldSkills award
RMIT University student Nicolas Sharp has been awarded a Medallion for Excellence in Graphic Design Technology at WorldSkills in London.
ICGT Director, Simon Cochaud, gives a pointer to Nicolas Sharp.
Mr Sharp checks a piece of his work.
WorldSkills is the world's largest international skills competition, involving 1,000 young people from more than 50 countries or regions.
The event attracted some 150,000 visitors to see competitors vie for success in 46 skill areas.
RMIT Vice-Chancellor and President, Professor Margaret Gardner AO, congratulated Mr Sharp and the staff who had mentored him.
Mr Sharp is undertaking a Certificate IV in Printing and Graphic Arts (Graphic Prepress) at the International Centre of Graphic Technology on Brunswick campus, part of the School of Design TAFE.
He has just completed a four-year apprenticeship with Y Media, a division of East Gippsland Newspapers in Bairnsdale, in regional Victoria.
"Having a workplace work ethic has really helped me, but I've also learned so much here at RMIT," he said.
"RMIT is so up-to-date with everything - I get to take things back and apply them in the workplace."
ICGT Director, Simon Cochaud, congratulated Mr Sharp. "Nick is a very talented young man.
"Highly skilled graphic arts specialists are a vital part of the design, advertising, multimedia and publishing industries and I'm confident that he's going to move on to a very successful career."
Over the four days of Worldskills, Mr Sharp took on a different challenge daily:
- Editorial design (magazine cover or pages, leaflets, menus)
- Packaging design (regular box, tray box, tear-open packaging, label)
- Corporate and information design (business card, logo, letterhead, symbols)
- Advertising and display design (poster, banner, billboard, car mapping, full page ad)
He was well placed, having recently competed in the Global Skills Challenge in Wollongong, NSW - a four-day mock-competition against international competitors.
Mr Sharp trained intensively with ICGT staff member Sarah Jones, a former WorldSkills gold medallist, and Melissa Guiney, a 2009 team member.
WorldSkills is held every two years. It was held in Calgary, Canada, in 2009 and will be held in Leipzig, Germany, in 2013.