The Southern Institute of Technology is pleased to announce the four SIT trades apprentices who competed as part of the NZ team at the Oceania WorldSkills competition last week returned home victorious. The Oceania competition was a lead up to the WorldSkills competition scheduled to be held in Brazil in August this year. Continuing from their strong form at the National WorldSkills qualifying tournament in 2014, the apprentices came up against others from India, Malaysia, China, Australia, Korea and Canada over three and a half days of intense competition in 30 different skill categories. All of the SIT apprentices came home with medals in their respective disciplines:
- Jeff Sutton, Automobile Technology - Gold medal (Claas Harvest Centre)
- Adam Depass, Plumbing and Heating - Gold medal (Jackson Plumbing)
- Michael Good, Joinery - Silver medal (Peter Howley Joinery)
- Nick Bastiaansen, Industrial Mechanic - Silver medal (Fonterra).
Russell Finlay, SIT Trades Programme Operations Manager said “what the boys have achieved is a tremendous result. They have shown they are not only the best in the country but that they are as good as, and better than, their peers globally. It is a credit not only to themselves but also the strong support and training from their tutors at SIT, their employers and the New Zealand WorldSkills network. They are a very talented group of young people which is great for the development of trade related industries in Southland, we look forward to seeing them perform well in Brazil.”