Competitions

“I never lose. I either win or learn.” ― Nelson Mandela

Competition is good

On a personal level it motivates, drives success, it challenges, and recognises achievement. In other areas of life, competition guides innovation, creativity, and efficiency gains.

Competing is a smart choice

If you want to learn new skills, gain experience, and grow your network, then start building that great story – register today!

2021 Skill competitions dates announced

Regional competitions starting soon. Our first regional is kicking off with the Southland competition in Invercargill later this month, with Northland region holding their competition in Whangarei in late May, and the Waikato event in Hamilton late June. We will soon be confirming dates for Bay of Plenty, Wellington, and Canterbury. National competitions from October.

WorldSkills New Zealand 2021 Southland Competition

  Regional Competitions – dates coming soon

One day (8 hour) regional competitions will be held in Northland, Auckland, Waikato/Bay of Plenty, Wellington, Christchurch and Invercargill.

    General entry criteria:

  • Undertaking an apprenticeship or traineeship (no age restriction)
  • Undertaking a qualification at a Polytechnic or Private Training Establishment (PTE) (no age restriction)
  • Recently completed (in 2020 or later) an apprenticeship or traineeship (age restriction)
  • Recently completed (in 2020 or later) a qualification at a Polytechnic or PTE (age restriction)

In addition, meet any Skill specific criteria.

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  National Finals from October

Regional competitors who score highly in their competition may be invited to compete in the National final. National finalists from across the country will be invited to compete in the three day (24 hour) finals.

Skill Categories

The skills below have competitions taking place this year. Regional dates will be available soon.

Aircraft Maintenance

Automotive Refinishing

Automotive Technology

Cloud Computing

Cyber Security

Graphic Design

Mechatronics

Plumbing and Heating

Welding

  Industry-led competitions supported by WorldSkills New Zealand

Baking

Cooking

Electrical Installations

Industrial Control