WorldSkills NZ 2022
Electrical Interschool Competition &
Electrical Industry Showcase

WorldSkills NZ 2022 Electrical Interschool Competition

Electrical Interschool Competition to highlight electrical careers and their pathways

WorldSkills New Zealand has long promoted excellence in vocational skills through skill competitions. This year, WorldSkills NZ has been funded through the Ministry of Education to run six events across Hamilton, Napier, Christchurch, Timaru, Dunedin, and Invercargill with the aim of connecting schools, communities, and employers from across the electrical contracting industry.

Interschool Competitions

We are excited to deliver these innovative vocational events in the format of regional team-based electrical wiring competitions for Year 11-13 school students interested in a career in the electrical industry.

Our theme for the competitions is “The House of Lebowski”. Lebowski is a cat with attitude who takes the form of a fictional client. Contestant teams will test their skills through a variety of tasks including wiring his guest accommodation.

All regional event dates

All regional events take place during June 2022. Registrations for competition entry have been extended until Monday 9th of May 2022. Students and whānau are invited to attend the showcase to spectate the competition and encourage the competitors.

To find out more information about the events, the competition modules, and Lebowski’s requirements please download the “Electrical Interschool Competition and Electrical Industry Showcase” document or scroll down to our FAQ section.

Download the Electrical Interschool Competition and Electrical Industry Showcase Details here

  Who can take part?

Year 11 – 13 students interested in electrical to enter

Year 9 – 13 students and whānau encouraged to experience the event

  Frequently Asked Questions

How does it work?

1. Interested schools register to be involved and promote the competition to their students.
2. Each school determines their two most suitable students to make up their team.
3. The school submits a team of two students and a mentor/supervisor.
4. A regional practical competition will take place in June 2022 (in many regions in conjunction with the Master Electricians’ Electrical Apprentice of the year competition).
5. All non-competing students (Year 9 – 13) with an interest in construction-related vocational skills are encouraged to attend the event where they can learn more about opportunities within the industry, speak with electrical apprentices and employers in their region and of course support their school team!
6. Whānau are encouraged to attend with their ākonga.
7. At the end of the competition day, the winners will be announced and celebrated. For South Island events this will be alongside the electrical apprentice of the year regional prizegiving.

Why should schools take part?
This is a great chance to showcase excellence and encourage students into STEM and vocational careers. The aim of the event is to also provide an opportunity for students, trainees, teachers, community supporters and employers to connect to the world of work and explore electrical industry-specific careers while in school that enhance their perspectives on vocational education and ‘earn while you learn’ pathways. apprentice of the year regional prizegiving.
Where will it be held? And when?
  • Hawkes Bay (Napier) – Thursday 9 June
  • Waikato (Hamilton) – Monday 13 June
  • Southland (Invercargill) – Tuesday 21 June
  • Otago (Dunedin) – Thursday 23 June
  • South Canterbury (Timaru) – Wednesday 29 June
  • Canterbury (Christchurch) – Thursday 30 June
How many schools can take part?

The competition is limited to a maximum of 10 teams. Schools are invited to register one team of two students.

If more than 10 schools are keen to register, the first ten to complete the online registration form will be accepted. Any further schools which register will go on a waitlist in case a school cancels. The waitlist will be in chronological order.

Who or what is WorldSkills NZ?
WorldSkills NZ is a Charitable Trust which has been in the business of running vocational skill competitions since 1986. We run vocational skill competitions at regional and national level and link into international competitions through the WorldSkills international movement.
Can a school enter more than one team?
After registrations have closed consideration will be given to additional school teams should numbers allow. If additional teams can be accommodated, we will advise all registered schools via email that there is an opportunity, first in first served, for another team.
What if one of the competitors is unable to compete on the day?
We suggest that each school has a backup competitor ready to take over if one of the team cannot compete.
What sectors of the industry will be part of the Showcase?
There will be employers from: domestic/commercial, industrial control, and possibly electrical wholesaling and manufacturing, generation, national grid suppliers and line maintenance sectors. There will also be employers from group employment companies which employ the apprentices and place them with host companies for their training. Local Industry Training Providers may be present to talk about their courses, including Trade Academies and STAR courses.
How many students can I bring to the Event?
All students who are interested in finding out more about the electrical industry as a career opportunity are encouraged to come.
What measures will be in place to reduce the risk of Covid exposure?

All participants and visitors to the event will need to be fully vaccinated.

  • At Red level – The event will be postponed to a later date.
  • At Orange level – All participants and visitors will wear masks at all times (except when eating).

o Competitors and other participants: Team members from each school will keep in their bubble. We will set up the venue to allow teams to keep physically distanced. Equipment will be cleaned with disinfectant after each module and competitors will need to sanitise their hands between each module. Food and drink for morning/afternoon tea and lunch will be individually packaged.

o Showcase visitors: School groups visiting the event will need to keep together and move through the competition and showcase in one direction. Schools will be scheduled to attend so as to limit the numbers at the venue at any one time. Participants and visitors will be encouraged to sanitise their hands after visiting each section of the event.

  • · At Green level – There will be no restrictions. We will, however, encourage all participants to physically distance and wear a mask.
Do the Competition Teams need to bring their lunch?
At WSNZ we take food very seriously, all competitors and support people will be provided with lunch, and snacks throughout the day. We suggest where possible people bring along their own drink bottles.
What do competitors need to wear and bring?
The only requirement is that competitors must wear enclosed shoes. Clothing needs to be comfortable and suitable for a range of indoor activities. All tools and equipment will be supplied.
I have a learning difference; will that affect my ability to compete?
We aim to provide a level playing field for all competitors, so if you are worried that your learning difference might make the competition extra challenging, please get in touch with us, we will be happy to talk with you about it.
I have a mobility impairment, am I able to attend or compete?
The events are taking place at a range of public venues across the country. In most cases there will be good access for all visitors to come and watch the electrical industry showcase.
The competition has some physical parts which depending on your mobility could hamper your ability to compete. We want to be as inclusive as we can, so if you have a physical condition and are keen to represent your school, please get in touch with us before registering so we can talk about your needs.

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  Why are we doing this?

To create meaningful interactions within the electrical industry

To showcase career pathways within the electrical industry

To encourage and recognise student achievement

To meet Ministry of Education goals of connecting schools, communities and employers

  Why get involved?

Practical, hands-on competition for school students
Test knowledge and skills in the Electrical Contracting Industry
Showcase excellence within your school
Open doors and learn more about vocational careers

Industry Showcase

Alongside the competition we will have electrical-related activities where competition visitors can test their skills and meet with electrical industry people to learn about this dynamic industry.

We will be holding the South Island events in conjunction with the Master Electricians Apprentice Challenge which will add another dimension to the event where ākonga will be able to see and speak with young apprentices working on specific projects.

Worldskills 2022 Electrical Interschool Competition

This competition is for trainees in the domestic/commercial and industrial control sides of the industry. Competitors will work on tasks that they would be carrying out in their normal work.
Click here for more information on the Master Electricians Challenge