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Axalta Celebrates the Winners of the 2018 WorldSkills National Championship for Vehicle Painting


Axalta would like to congratulate the seven men and women who showed exemplary drive and determination at Australia’s largest vocational education competition, the 2018 WorldSkills National Championship for Vehicle Painting. The competition was held at Skills Show Australia 2018, from 2 - 4 June at Ultimo TAFE in Sydney, with Kaine Corpuz from Queensland being crowned the best vehicle painter in Australia.

As Gold Partner and long term supporter of WorldSkills Australia, we have been fully focused on supporting each competitor’s journey to become the best vehicle refinisher in Australia. From organising regionals, providing one-on-one training on the latest refinishing techniques, Axalta has been there every step of the way, pushing competitors to their technical and professional skills limit.  

In June competitors Aidan Hasler, Lional Stapleton, Maxine Colligan, Kaine Corpuz, Luke Alexander, Amber Gabelich and Kyle Little took on the greatest challenge of their lives at the WorldSkills National Championship. They all demonstrated extreme calm under very challenging conditions. And, despite the strict marking criteria for each module, the competitors were all able to complete each stage successfully, showcasing their mastery in refinishing, from
spot repairs right through to the intricate panel design work, including colour matching accuracy.  

“For more than ten (10) years Axalta has strived to mentor and nurture all up and coming talent with product training, providing exposure to the latest work practices and techniques, problem solving, development of teamwork and leadership skills,” said Paul Polverino, National Training Manager for Axalta. “To see these extraordinary young men and women excel under such challenging circumstances, whilst producing outstanding levels of craftsmanship, was an absolute delight to watch.

 “Axalta’s passion for our industry and desire to secure its future through young professionals is what drives us at Axalta” said Polverino.  “We are very proud to support these exceptional young Australians and provide them with new opportunities for growth. We especially would like to wish Kaine Corpuz, whose goal is to represent Australia in 2019 at the 45th WorldSkills International Competition in Kazan, Russia, the best of luck!”