Ara plumbing student Jesse Pitt won the recent Worldskills regional competition and will now represent his region at the WorldSkills NZ National Competition to be held 29-2 October 2016.
WorldSkills New Zealand regional competitions took place on 21 May at Wintec in the Waikato and Ara Institute of Canterbury. Competitors duelled it out in Automotive Technology, Plumbing & Heating, Industrial Mechanics (fitter turner), and Welding.
"Competitors in the regional competitions have the potential to make it all the way through to our high-performance national team - the Tool Blacks", says WorldSkills CEO Malcolm Harris.
"And if they do they'll be competing for titles at the 44th WorldSkills International Competition in Abu Dhabi in 2017".
The regional competitions are challenging, with competitors completing a skill based project typically taking around eight hours from start to finish.
Spectators boost the morale of the competitors and it is great way to see the huge amount of skill these trades involve.
Experts will be on site to advise and guide competitors and support them through the competition process.
The regional competitions were held on Saturday 21 May.