Top apprentices deliver on their potential
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.