June 6th, 2013

Good luck to our Tool Blacks this July

Thirteen talented young up-and-coming tradespeople – including one Competenz apprentice and one ATNZ apprentice – are preparing to head to Leipzig, Germany in July to compete at WorldSkills, also known as the Trade Olympics.

Getting to this point is a significant achievement, and Competenz would like to wish the New Zealand competitors good luck – bring home some gold!

WorldSkills was started over 60 years ago and is a not-for-profit organisation whose mission is to promote and facilitate worldwide awareness of the essential contribution that skills make to achievement of economic success.

Over 1,100 competitors from more than 60 countries will attend WorldSkills 2013, providing our hottest young tradespeople the opportunity to see how their skills stack up against demanding international standards.

“People don’t realise the magnitude of WorldSkills – this is one of the most underpublicised events in New Zealand. Over 200,000 visitors attended the 2011 competition over four days in London – that’s a lot if you compare it to the Rugby World Cup which brought only 100,000 overseas visitors to New Zealand,” says Steve Brooks, Competenz Industry Manager.

The Competenz apprentice heading to Germany is Reece Gerrits from Thorburn Engineering in Hamilton, competing in the Sheet Metal Technology category. While ATNZ apprentice Jaric Savill from Aztech Engineering Ltd in Wellington is competing in the Welding category.

If you want to follow Reece and Jaric’s progress throughout the competition, check out the WorldSkills New Zealand website, or view the WorldSkills YouTube channel. The competition runs July 2nd – 7th.