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NZ's Top Apprentices Compete at National Competition

NZ's Top Apprentices Compete at National Competition on July 4-5

New Zealand’s top young apprentices will compete to be the best in the country at this year’s WorldSkills Competition being held at Wintec (Waikato Institute of Technology) in Hamilton this Friday and Saturday.

All are vying for a place on the “Tool Blacks” team who will head to Brazil next year to represent New Zealand at the international WorldSkills Competition.

Ninety competitors from a range of industries – such as hospitality, floristry, automotive, engineering, hairdressing and carpentry – will test their skills against their peers in the project-based competition. Competitors will complete a project over two days, replicating problems and tasks that they would encounter in their daily jobs.

There are 18 competition categories in total with between three to 10 apprentices competing in each category. Competitors come from every region in New Zealand with most already proving their on-the-job excellence by winning regional competitions.

Wintec chief executive Mark Flowers says: “As an institute of technology with a strong background in vocational training, we’re thrilled to host this competition and give our region the chance to see first-hand the important role vocational training plays in our country. We have some highly skilled young people in our New Zealand and competitions like this are an excellent opportunity for them to publicly strive for excellence.”

The two-day competition is being held at Wintec's Rotokauri campus in Hamilton off Avalon Drive. It is free to attend and open to the public from 10am until 4pm on Friday July 4 and Saturday July 5. Tours will leave hourly from Wintec’s new Engineering and Trades facility.

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