Southern Apprentices do well at National Worldskills Contest.


From the 18th to the 20th of September the competition at the New Zealand World Skills proved a good place for some Southland and Otago Apprentices to show impressive levels of skill in their chosen professions.


Glenys McKenzie of Southern Group Training was the team leader of the Otago/Southland Worldskills Team, with 6 team members winning medals for their efforts, 3 gold and 3 bronze.


Gold Medal Winners

Michael Lyon
Jordan Carvell
(PC Network Support)
Ben De Groot
(Electrical Wiring)


This years team of 14 was the largest contingent ever sent to the competition from Otago/Southland.


Along with such good results from this years team there is also the possibility that Ben De Groot, Michael Lyon and Dan Malthus (carpentry) may be included in the New Zealand 'Tool Black' team to represent New Zealand at the 40th International WorldSkills Final being held in Canada, in September 2009.


The New Zealand team will compete against representitvies from 48 other countries in a range of competition categories.



Click the above image to be taken to the website for the New Zealand WorldSkills organization

Bronze Medal Winners

Michael Reece (Automotive Technology)
Chris Wilson
Jack Maguire



In the biennial WorldSkills National Competition, the regional winners of each trade category compete against each other for the right to be named New Zealand's best young trade person in their trade skill.


Also at stake is the right to be selected for the New Zealand team and an opportunity to represent their country at the international Worldskills competition.


WorldSkills is often likened to being the "trade olympics" in that young tradesmen and women from around the world compete to represent their country at an international competition.


Competitors who are selected for the New Zealand team will go to Calgary, Canada for the Worldskills finals 1 - 7 September 2009.