Worldskills ap­pren­tice win­ners

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New Zealand’s top trade ap­pren­tices were an­nounced at an awards cer­e­mony in July, fol­low­ing a two-day com­pe­ti­tion in Hamil­ton.

Hosted by Win­tec ( Waikato In­sti­tute of Tech­nol­ogy), the WorldSkills New Zealand 2014 na­tional com­pe­ti­tion saw 90 re­gional com­pe­ti­tion fi­nal­ists showcase their tal­ent across 18 in­dus­try cat­e­gories.

Each com­peti­tor com­pleted a spe­cific project over two days, repli­cat­ing prob­lems and tasks they would en­counter in their daily jobs.

Among this year’s medal­lists was Nick Bas­ti­aansen of Fon­terra who won gold in the main­te­nance en­gi­neer­ing cat­e­gory. Michael Ben­son of Stain­less De­sign won gold in the sheet metal tech­nol­ogy, while Cameron Bes­ley of Main­line Sheet Met­als won sil­ver.

For weld­ing, RCR En­ergy em­ploy­ees Stacy Smyth won gold, and Huitao Wil­liams won sil­ver.

More than $ 30,000 of prizes were spon­sored by the in­dus­try, and the event was held in con­junc­tion with the 16th an­nual Cer­ti­fied Builders’ con­fer­ence.

WorldSkills New Zealand is an in­de­pen­dent, not­for-profit char­i­ta­ble trust ded­i­cated to en­cour­ag­ing vo­ca­tional trade/skill ex­cel­lence by en­cour­ag­ing par­tic­i­pa­tion at re­gional, na­tional and in­ter­na­tional WorldSkills com­pe­ti­tions.

The or­gan­i­sa­tion’s ex­ec­u­tive chair­man, Bruce Howat, says: “I’ve just spent two days watch­ing New Zealand’s next pro­fes­sional trades­peo­ple and business lead­ers at work and they are truly in­spir­ing.

“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.” On the web

Nick Bas­ti­aansen of Fon­terra won a gold medal in the main­te­nance en­gi­neer­ing cat­e­gory of the Worldskills event.

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