Campbelltown girl named as one of Australia's top tradies

Maxine Colligan
Maxine Colligan

Maxine Colligan is ready to take on the world - one car at a time.

The talented Campbelltown tradie is one of 19 young Australians who have won the right to compete at the Global Skills Challenge

Ms Colligan will take on international competitors from 16 countries including the United Kingdom, China, Russia and Brazil.

The 21-year-old is hoping the last seven months of training has set her up for success at the challenge, which will be the final stage for selection in her bid to become a Skillaroo.

The Skillaroos are an elite team of young Australian apprentices and trainees who will represent Australia at the WorldSkills International Championships to be held in Kazan, Russia in August.

"I cannot wait for the WorldSkills International Championship if I make it," Ms Colligan said.

"I'm excited for myself but also for my fellow Aussie competitors all of whom have been training hard and working together as a team.

"WorldSkills has given me many opportunities to improve myself in and out of my trade.

"Not only have I been practising my particular skill, but I have also been able to improve my public speaking, social networking and media skills."

Ms Colligan's car painting skills also saw her take out a silver medal at the 2018 WorldSkills National Championships.

WorldSkills Australia chief executive Brett Judd said the success of the WorldSkills Australia competitions were testament to the support competitors receive from their local communities as they worked towards becoming national and then world champions.

"This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for these young Australians and the support from local employers, who dedicate their time and freely share their experience and give resources, ensures those competing have the best chance of success, and everyone at WorldSkills is indebted to these unsung heroes," he said.

Ms Colligan's journey to the Global Skills Challenge has been supported by car manufacturer, Holden.

''Holden is extremely proud to support talented apprentices such as Maxine through her WorldSkills journey and we can't wait to introduce her to Holden's design team and advanced vehicle engineering teams at our head office in Port Melbourne," a Holden spokesman said.