Video | Agriculture | Confidence | Economy | Energy | Employment | Finance | Media | Property | RBNZ | Science | SOEs | Tax | Technology | Telecoms | Tourism | Transport | Search


Tool Blacks among best in the world

June 15, 2005

Tool Blacks among best in the world

The success of the Tool Blacks in the World Skills competition is testimony to the quality of New Zealand’s trade training, says the country’s largest union.

The Engineering, Printing and Manufacturing Union sponsored union members Dion Hubers, Scott Eyre and Dean Lipscombe from the New Zealand Steel mill at Glenbrook to attend the competition in Helskini. Hubers came ninth in his trade, welding, (with 518 points) and Eyre was 16th in mechatronics, with 494 points. Lipscombe, an electrician, was the team manager.

EPMU national secretary Andrew Little, who met the three before they left for Helsinki, said that their success reflected well on them, the steel mill, and the standard of trade training in New Zealand.

“There was a view in the 1990s that trade training was somehow unnecessary, leading to the skills crisis we have now,” Mr Little said.

“Thankfully, that attitude has changed, and our young tradespeople are earning world rankings.”

Glenbrook steel mill senior union delegate and tradesman Peter Elsley said that everyone at the mill was proud of the success of their young colleagues.

“The competition at those things is unbelievable,” he said. “Some countries spend thousands developing, training and equipping their teams, but New Zealanders do it on a shoestring. To be placed 9th and 16th in the world is amazing.”


© Scoop Media

Business Headlines | Sci-Tech Headlines


Voluntary Administration: Renaissance Brewing Up For Sale

Renaissance Brewing, the first local company to raise capital through equity crowdfunding, is up for sale after cash flow woes and product management issues led to the appointment of voluntary administrators. More>>


Approval: Northern Corridor Decision Released

The approval gives the green light to construction of the last link of Auckland’s Western Ring Route, providing an alternative route from South Auckland to the North Shore. More>>


Media Mega Merger: Full Steam Ahead For Appeal

New Zealand's two largest news publishers have confirmed they are committed to pursuing their appeal against the Commerce Commission's rejection of the proposal to merge their operations. More>>

Crown Accounts: $4.1 Billion Surplus

The New Zealand Government has achieved its third fiscal surplus in a row with the Crown accounts for the year ended 30 June 2017 showing an OBEGAL surplus of $4.1 billion, $2.2 billion stronger than last year, Finance Minister Steven Joyce says. More>>


Mycoplasma Bovis: One New Property Tests Positive

The newly identified property... was already under a Restricted Place notice under the Biosecurity Act. More>>

Accounting Scandal: Suspension Of Fuji Xerox From All-Of-Government Contract

General Manager of New Zealand Government Procurement John Ivil says, “FXNZ has been formally suspended from the Print Technology and Associated Services (PTAS) contract and terminated from the Office Supplies contract.” More>>