Top ap­pren­tices de­liver on their po­ten­tial

South Waikato News - - NEWS - By ADEN MILES

South Waikato Pre­ci­sion En­gi­neer­ing ap­pren­tices Brad Wood and Ashley Hay­wood recorded stun­ning re­sults at the pre­lim­i­nary fi­nals of WorldSkills New Zealand in Christchurch last week.

Brad Wood, 20, rep­re­sented Waikato and Bay of Plenty in weld­ing and won his di­vi­sion.

Ashley Hay­wood, 19, came sec­ond in ma­chin­ing.

The re­sult means Mr Wood has a place at the world cham­pi­onships in London next year.

Both men are third-year ap­pren­tices and were orig­i­nally se­lected from top ap­pren­tices by Skills 4 Work to at­tend the pre­lim­i­nary cour­ses com­pe­ti­tion in Hamil­ton be­fore com­pet­ing in Christchurch.

South Waikato Pre­ci­sion En­gi­neer­ing man­ag­ing di­rec­tor Jeff Mos­song said both men have the po­ten­tial to do well.

The di­rec­tors be­lieved that Mr Wood had the abil­ity to win.

‘‘ I was pretty con­fi­dent with Brad from day one.

‘‘ We be­lieved that he would take it out, Mr Mos­song said.

‘‘ Ashley was more of a dark horse but he turned in a sig­nif­i­cant per­for­mance.’’

Mr Mos­song said Mr Wood now has a very good chance to win at the world cham­pi­onships.

‘‘ As a com­pany we are ex­cited that we are turn­ing out top per­form­ing ap­pren­tices.’’

PUT TO THE TEST: South Waikato Pre­ci­sion En­gi­neer­ing ap­pren­tice Ashley Hay­wood (left) came sec­ond in the ma­chin­ing di­vi­sion while Brad Wood won the weld­ing sec­tion at a na­tional event in Christchurch.

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