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NZ Skills Team Selected

We at WorldSkills New Zealand are delighted to announce our official team that will compete at WorldSkills International Competition in Abu Dhabi this month.

Thirteen young people from a variety of trades have been selected for the New Zealand Institutes of Technology and Polytechnics (NZITP) Skills Team to attend the 44th WorldSkills International Competition.

This will be held at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (ADNEC), Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, 15-18 October 2017. The 2017 NZITP Skills Team members are:

Andrew ChampionBOC Welding competitor from Feilding, employed by RCR Energy Alex BanksResene Automotive & Light Industrial (RALI) Automotive Refinishing competitor from Wellington, employed by Stokes Valley Collision Repair in Lower Hutt Chabbethai Chiaetco Electrical Installation competitor from West Auckland, employed by Team Cabling in the North Shore Hunter TurnerSkills Plumbing and Heating competitor from Kohimarama, Auckland, employed by J&J Plumbing & Gas in South Auckland Jarrod Wood – Aircraft Maintenance competitor from South Auckland, employed by Air New Zealand at the Auckland AIrport Kimberley de Schot – Restaurant Service competitor from Christchurch, employed by the New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) in Burnham Logan Candy – Automotive Technology competitor from Gisborne, employed by the NZDF in Palmerston North Logan Sandersetco Industrial Control competitor from Wellsford, employed by Dalton Electrical in Auckland Nicholas Todd – Cooking competitor from Otago, employed by the NZDF in Christchurch Nicole Keeber – Floristry competitor from Whakatane, employed by Bouquet Floral Sarah BrowningYoobee Graphic Design Technology competitor from Nelson, employed by Adcorp in Wellington Shea Keir – Industrial Mechanic Millwright competitor from Waikato, employed by Carter Holt Harvey Woodproducts in Tokoroa Todd Hamilton – Carpentry competitor from Hawkes Bay, employed by the NZDF in from Palmerston North

The NZITP Skills Team is selected from participation at the 2016 WorldSkills New Zealand National Competition and the 2016 Master Electricians Challenge, and subsequent on-going performance evaluation. They have been undergoing intensive training with the assistance of their respective employers and skill experts over the past few months. “We have a great team and participating in the WorldSkills International Competition in Abu Dhabi will be an invaluable experience for them. They have increased their work skills, but just as importantly have grown as individuals,” says Malcolm Harris, CEO of WorldSkills New Zealand.

Prior to selection, these competitors participated in international competitions in China and Australia. Hunter Turner and Sarah Browning won bronze medals in Shanghai, China; while Logan Candy and Chabb Chia received medallions of excellence.

Nicholas Todd was recently awarded Apprentice Chef of the Year at the 2017 NZ Hospitality Championships held in Auckland last month. Kimberley de Schot won six silver medals for the restaurant service competitions of the Hospitality Championships. “We are very happy with the depth of talent attending this year’s international skills competition,” says Harris. “I believe these young, talented New Zealanders will encourage others to take up skills careers and develop their skills through WorldSkills competitions.”

He adds that “We will also be supported by a delegation from NZ Industry Training Organisations and Institutes of Technology, who will attend the competition and the WorldSkills Conference, which will focus on ‘Skills Strategies for a Globalised World’, as well as take advantage of the significant networking opportunities.”

The NZITP Skills Team flies out of NZ on 10 October. Follow their journey and their challenges in Abu Dhabi by liking and following our Facebook Page.

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