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Worldskills kicks off in 2008

12 Feb 2008


Sudheer Ramjathan at the 2007 Competition


It's now 2008, and all the excitement of the WorldSkills International Competitions in Shizuoka, Japan is over.  Our competitors in all trades did extremely well and the New Zealand team came 14th place out of 48 countries which, for one of the smaller countries competing, is an amazing result.

Things don’t stop though for WorldSkills NZ.  2008 sees them starting the process of finding the best young people in both trade and service industries to represent New Zealand at the 2009 WorldSkills International competitions in Calgary, Canada.

This process starts at a regional level with competitions being organised in 8 regions – Northland, Auckland, Waikato, Central North Island, Wellington, Canterbury, Otago/Southland and the NZ Defence Force.  Regional committees are busy finding people to co-ordinate the organisation of specific skill areas, sourcing competitors and putting together a fantastic competition which aims to find the best young people in a range of trades and service skills in their area. 

After each Regional Competition a team is chosen to represent that region.  Competitors and their mentors undertake some training to prepare the competitor for the National Competitions which will be held over three days at Weltec in Wellington from 19-21 September 2008.

The National Competition is a major event and preparation for this is already well underway.  Competitors, judges and team leaders will converge on Wellington for three days of intense competition.  This culminates in an Award Ceremony where Gold, Silver and Bronze medals are awarded for each skill area.

It is from the National Competition that the Tool Blacks team for 2009 will be chosen.  Being a winner at the Nationals doesn’t necessarily mean you get to go to Calgary – Tool Blacks have to have more than just excellent practical skills, they have to have the will to win and the willingness to undertake a lot of extra training.  They also need to show qualities that will make them great ambassadors for New Zealand.

WorldSkills are always looking for people to help.  You could:

  • Encourage people you know who are in training to have a go at the regional competitions
  • Offer to help run one of the skill competitions in your region or offer to be a judge.  It’s volunteer work, but very rewarding.

Check out the WorldSkills New Zealand website – for more information on the Regional and National Competitions or contact Sally Gray, Events Co-ordinator at