National Competitions are held every two years. Competitors are selected from one of four place:
- the regional WorldSkills competitions,
- other industry specific competitions,
- directly from the industry or
- from apprentice block courses.
Selected competitors in each of the skills, who meet the entry criteria, are brought together at a single venue to find the country’s highest skilled champions.
The national competitions combine the excitement of the competition with the educational elements of a practical examination. They highlight on-the-job excellence by testing the key skills in each category.
In some skills, this involves working from a blueprint to make a specific object. In others, competitors follow a routine set of tasks that are frequently met in the working environment.
From the national competitions, a team is selected to represent New Zealand at the WorldSkills International competition where they will compete as the NZ Skills Team against other member countries.