– York Jeweller's very own Jeweller’s Apprentice Nathan Kettle places 5th at International Worldskills Competition in Kazan Russia was awarded the medal of excellence for his intricate piece.
– Held from the 22nd to the 27th of August, the 45th International Worldskills competition attracted over 1,300 competitors from 75 countries around the world.
– Nathan was awarded the medal of excellence for his intricate piece.
After taking out first place at both the regional and national Worldskills competition in 2018 and 2019 respectively, Penrith Jeweller Nathan Kettle (22), has just returned from Kazan, Russia where he represented Australia on the world stage in the jewellery division. Kettles two and a half years of rigorous training paid off, and he was awarded the Medal of Excellence for his piece, an intricate and beguiling broach. Kettle placed 5th overall in his division, which is no mean feat considering the competition attracted over 1,300 entrants from around the globe.
Speaking on his experience and achievements Kettle had the following to say: “The experience was completely life-changing. I’m a better jeweller because of it, and I gained social skills and world experience. It was completely incredible”.
Kettle, who currently works for York Jewellers, a well-renowned diamond Jeweller in Penrith, Sydney, has shown exceptional talent in his field, winning the regional round of the Worldskills competition just one year into his apprenticeship, Encouraged to enter the competition by his employer Douglas Ely, Kettle made it through to the International Stage with flying colours, impressing his proud employer. Nathan Kettle studies jewellery at TAFE NSW and he says "I fell in love with it [jewellery] instantly, and I knew it was for me”.
Everyone here at York is immensely proud of Nathan and his incredible achievement.