July 7th, 2014

WorldSkills New Zealand Announces Winning Apprentices


New Zealand’s top trade apprentices were announced at an awards ceremony today following an intensive two-day WorldSkills New Zealand 2014 national competition held in Hamilton.

Hosted by Wintec (Waikato Institute of Technology), the WorldSkills New Zealand 2014 national competition saw 90 regional competition finalists from across the country showcase their talent across 18 industry categories ranging from engineering and automotive to hospitality, hairdressing and carpentry. Each competitor completed a specific project over two days, replicating problems and tasks that they would encounter in their daily jobs.

Executive Chairman Bruce Howat says the WorldSkills competition is designed to promote excellence within and across multiple trade sectors resulting in widespread downstream benefits.

“I’ve just spent two days watching New Zealand’s next professional tradespeople and
business leaders at work and they are truly inspiring,” he says. “It’s great to see so many focused, skilled and enthusiastic young people in one place and I’ve no doubt they are poised for success.”

Mr Howat says he’s looking forward to supporting, challenging and nurturing this year’s category winners as they prepare to compete at the Oceania WorldSkills competition in April 2015 before potential selection for the WorldSkills New Zealand “Tool Blacks” team destined for Brazil to compete at the International WorldSkills Competition in August 2015.

Worldskills NZ 2014 National Finalists
Nick Bastiaansen, Fonterra - Maintenance Engineering
Nick Bastiaansen
Michael Benson, Stainless Design Ltd - Sheet Metal Technology (Gold)
Micheal Benson
Cameron Besley, Mainline Sheet Metals Ltd - Sheet Metal Technology (Silver)
Cameron Besley
Stacy Smyth, RCR Energy - Welding (Gold)
Stacy Smyth
Huitao Williams, RCR Energy - Welding (Silver)
Huitao Williams