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WorldSkills New Zealand 2021 Regional Competitions Rules

1. Entry criteria
1.1 In Training / Apprenticeship Individuals of any age living in New Zealand are eligible to compete at a regional competition provided they are currently undergoing formal training in the industry skill, or training towards a career directly related to the skill category being entered. In ‘formal’ training is either signed into a registered training agreement or enrolled with a training provider as at 1st April 2021. Note: minimum experience criteria may also apply to some skills categories.
1.2 Out of Training / Apprenticeship Individuals having completed training and currently employed are eligible to compete provided they are:
a) employed in the industry or in a career related to the skill category being entered, and
b) under the WorldSkills International competition age restriction for that skill category. The age requirements as at 31 December 2021:
• 22 years or under, i.e.born in 1999 or later, for all skill categories except Aircraft Maintenance, Cloud Computing, Cyber Security, and Mechatronics).
• 25 years or under, i.e.born in 1996 or later, for skill categories Aircraft Maintenance, Cloud Computing, Cyber Security, and Mechatronics.
1.3 When a skill category is not being run in a region or where nominations have closed it is permissible for competitors to participate in a different region running that category.
1.4 Past regional and national competitors within the age limit rules for the next cycle (except International Competitors) may enter again.
1.5 Competitors are not permitted to enter the same category in more than one region in the same year.
1.6 In order to confirm the eligibility of any competitor, WSNZ reserves the right to ask for evidence of eligibility as per 1.1. and 1.2 from a prospective competitor i.e. training or enrolment evidence.

2. During the competition
2.1 Competitors who arrive late for the competition will not receive additional time.
2.2 A Chief Judge controls each skill category competition.
2.3 The project will be distributed during the familiarisation period and prior to the commencement of work.
2.4 Competitors are reminded to undertake their project plan as part of the familiarisation.
2.5 Equipment and materials may be tested by competitors during the familiarisation period.
2.6 Marking scales are to be distributed during the familiarisation period and collected from competitors before they commence work. Competitors may make notes from the marking scale.
2.7 Should a competitor feel disadvantage for any reason prior to or during the competition, the competitor should bring it to the Chief Judge’s attention immediately.
a) If a competitor injures him/herself during the competition time, the competitor must seek assistance from a judge in proximity. The time of the incident will be noted and upon
consideration, the chief judge may allow the competitor the time they were unable to compete due to receiving medical assistance at the end of the competition day.
b) If through no fault of a competitor, there is a power outage on their competition site or booth, or for any other reason the supplied infrastructure malfunctions during competition time and this impacts the competitor’s work, then the time of disruption will be noted, and the competitor will be given the equivalent time lost.
2.8 During the competition work time competitors are not permitted to speak to other competitors or members of the public.
2.9 Competitors wishing to leave the competition area during work time must seek permission of the Chief Judge.
2.10 Competitors who need to repair their own tools or equipment during the competition will not receive additional time.
2.11 Competitors are NOT permitted to take written notes, sketches, special aids, or other information relevant to the project, into the competition area, unless these are specified in the project information.
2.12 Competitors who have equipment that is supplied by judges and which need to be repaired, will receive additional time or compensation as determined by judges in consultation with chief judge.
2.13 No photos/videos/recordings may be taken before the competition by anyone other than an WSNZ official. Once the competition has officially started, anyone can take photos/videos/recordings and share/post them. Photos/videos/recordings may be used in promotional material for WSNZ. Please advise the regional coordinator if you do not wish these to be used.

3. Safety
3.1 A safety check of the work site must be undertaken prior to commencement of competition.
3.2 All competitors, judges and volunteers are to receive a site induction prior to the competition.
3.3 Competitors are required to wear appropriate work clothing, and safety items appropriate to their skill category competition entered, as set out in skill specific rules. See skill category specific criteria for details.
3.4 Safe work practices must be adhered to at all times.

4. After the competition
4.1 Competitors will receive marking assessments (results) in the days following the competition.
4.2 The completed project work and associated materials supplied is the property of WorldSkills New Zealand.

5. Responsibility
5.1 Responsibility for the regional event rests with the Regional Coordinator.

6. Access to the WorldSkills New Zealand National Finals
6.1 A competitor (as per rule 1.2) must not be older than (skill category dependent) 22 or 25 in the year of the National Finals (unless otherwise given approval by WSNZ).
6.2 As part of the selection process to the National Finals, regional placegetters (1st, 2nd, and 3rd) will be asked to complete a CV & Profile form and provide a digital photo. Upon receipt of the completed CV & Profile form and photo WSNZ will confirm in writing whether a place has been allocated to the competitor at the National Finals.
6.3 There will be some skill categories where feeder competitions to the National Finals are run outside the auspices of WorldSkills NZ. Rules 6.4–6.7 apply to those regional competitions run under the auspices of WSNZ.
6.4 Where a region does not have six eligible competitors in a skill category, it is at WSNZ discretion to invite the winning competitor (entered under rule 1.1 or 1.2) to enter the National Finals.
6.5 Where six or more competitors competed at a regional competition the winner will be invited to compete at the National Competition providing they are within the WorldSkills International competition age restriction for that skill category and their selection is endorsed by WSNZ. Regional winning competitors who have entered under rule 1.1 may be invited to compete in the National Finals at the discretion of WSNZ based upon competitor numbers in the specific skill category final.
6.6 ‘Overall next best’, based on actual results from all regional competitions, may be invited to compete should a minimum number of competitors be required.
6.7 Each skill category must be competed at 4 regions, unless given an exemption prior to the National Competition.

7. Access to the WorldSkills International Competition (Subject to New Zealand fielding a national team).
7.1 All competitors contesting a WorldSkills NZ National Final in a skill category identified on the WorldSkills New Zealand website ( which may be contested at international level, are eligible for consideration as members of a New Zealand WorldSkills team should they meet the following criteria. They must:
7.2 Be residing in New Zealand for the time between the National Final and the International Competition unless undertaking approved training overseas.
7.3 Achieve a WorldSkills New Zealand National Final competition result, which meets the minimum standard set by WSNZ for that skill category.
7.4 Fall within the WorldSkills International skill category age restriction applicable at that time. 7.5 Provide written confirmation of their intent and commitment to: • Undertake and complete all facets of the WorldSkills International competition advanced training, • Attend team training camps, and • Attend the WorldSkills International competition itself
7.6 Have the written support of their employer with regard to leave of absence requirements as specified in
7.5 above. Any subsequent employers should be fully informed of WSNZ requirements as part of the job application process and agree to abide by these.
7.7 Accept responsibility to raise the balance of funds as may be required for WorldSkills competition travel and accommodation.
7.8 Be of good character, deemed to be befitting that of a representative of New Zealand in an international environment.
7.9 Not have any impediment against them obtaining a passport, or that will prevent them from travelling to another country.

8. Grievance procedure
8.1 In the first instance, any complaint (either before, during or after the competition) will be referred to the Chief Judge of the competition concerned.
8.2 In the event that satisfactory resolution cannot be achieved, the Grievance Committee will be convened comprising: a. a technical representative of the competition event. b. an independent Chief Judge from an unrelated skill category c. a nominated representative of complainant.
8.3 If a satisfactory resolution cannot be achieved by the Grievance Committee, the matter shall be referred to the Chief Executive Officer WorldSkills New Zealand, who will in consultation with the Regional Coordinator and respective Skill Manager, make a final determination.
8.4 The objective of each step of the Grievance Procedure is to seek an immediate, agreeable, negotiated resolution.