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Trade and Technology Expo, WorldSkills Finals

Media Release
August 2008

WelTec host Trade and Technology Expo and WorldSkills National Finals

Wellington Institute of Technology (WelTec) is the place to be from 18 – 20 September as WelTec host Wellington’s annual Trade and Technology Expo in conjunction with the WorldSkills NZ National Finals. The WelTec Petone campus is expected to be a hub of activity over the three day period with the two events running - along with a special Secondary Schools open day on Friday 19 September.

In its second year, the Trade and Technology Expo will see industry exhibitors, training organisations and career advice all in the one place, at the one time. With over 40 exhibitors, the Expo is an opportunity to visit exciting interactive displays, see live demonstrations, chat to training organisations and to find out more about exciting careers in the trade and technology industries.

In addition to the expo, the WorldSkills National Finals is an event of national significance. The biennial National Finals bring together all the regional winners, in a range of trade and technology skill categories, to compete for the national title – and a place on the team to head to Calgary (Canada) in 2009 for the WorldSkills International competition.

“The Expo provides a fantastic occasion for people to gain first hand experience about a wide range of trades and technology industries. Visitors will be able to see New Zealand’s best young tradespeople compete in the WorldSkills NZ National Finals. This event occurs only every two years and is unlikely to be back in Wellington for another six years” says Regional Trade and Technology Training Centre Manager, Tony Love.

Tony is thrilled to be able to open WelTec’s doors to those interested in trade and technology careers. “We envisage that this event will provide the community with a greater awareness of what trade and technology careers are available to them, it also showcases some of the fantastic equipment and facilities that WelTec has including new virtual training equipment, which is unique to New Zealand.”

The WorldSkills National Finals will be held on 18 – 20 September, with the Trade and Technology Expo running on 19 -20 September, both at WelTec’s Petone Campus .

For more information about the event please contact 0800 WelTec (0800 935 832) or visit


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