Being paid to learn was a major reason behind Daniel Karanges’ decision to undertake an Australian Apprenticeship in engineering – specialising in sheet metal fabrication.
The move proved to be an inspired choice – with the skills learned during his Australian Apprenticeship helping Daniel win a gold medal at the 2009 WorldSkills Australia National Competition. Following on from that success, Remarkably, Daniel won the WorldSkills Australia National Competition despite having glandular fever.
“I was struck down about two months from the competition,” he said.
“I thought about pulling out but my teachers and mentors encouraged me. I actually though it would be pretty cool to win a gold medal with glandular fever.”
The national success was followed by an intense training period as he prepared for the WorldSkills International Competition in Calary, Canada, where Daniel placed third against the world’s leading sheetmetal fabricators.
“It was a really big learning curve for me – I trained for up to 15 hours a week, on top of my working hours, to give myself the best chance to compete against the world’s elite,” he said.
“To come third was unbelievable and it is an experience I will never forget.”
Now Daniel is the director of his own company, DKStainless in Queensland, which specialises in manufacturing pet rehydration stations.
The company, founded by Daniel and his wife Emma in 2016, operates to four key values: innovation, quality, precision, and service.