ServiceIQ is right behind WorldSkills. In 2013 we supported two categories and in 2014 there may very well be four that we can support. As the industry training organisation for aviation, hospitality, retail, wholesale, travel, tourism and museums there’s a great fit with our industries and our vision of having a world class service industry through qualifications.
Success is something that should always be celebrated, especially where that excellence is world class. Showcasing the value of skills and the training that develops them is good for everyone. This is exactly what WorldSkills does: celebrates those who up-skill and apply themselves to their chosen fields or career, and gives them the opportunity to gain national and international recognition.
We believe that whether you’re a young person looking to start a career, in a job and wondering what your future could be, or older and thinking about a new vocation or perhaps starting a business, it helps to see and understand that training is not just a valid option, but one that can lead to success.
Skilled people achieve and drive competition, and that pushes the boundaries, inducing improvements that benefit business, increases productivity and contributes to the New Zealand economy. It’s often said that young people are the future. While that may be a cliché, it’s also a truism. WorldSkills, targeted as it is to young people, may inspire a few to enter the event, but it also gives great aspiration to the many others who can see what’s possible.
This happened in 2013, when one of the two young apprentices that ServiceIQ supported to compete did extremely well. Mike West, a Whenuapai-based leading aircraftman with the Royal New Zealand Air Force, took out a silver medal. That’s remarkable as it was his first international competition, and even more remarkable that New Zealand had just 13 of the 1004 competitors from 52 countries.
The other competitor we supported, apprentice chef William Mordido from SKYCITY, while not a medal winner did well and came home with a wonderful experience, new knowledge and confirmation that good training leads to great skills.
ServiceIQ will be working with WorldSkills New Zealand throughout 2014 to ensure that the nationals in mid-year attract the interest and attention they deserve, and that the 2015 New Zealand Tool Blacks again do us proud in Sao Paulo.
I know that the New Zealand service sectors are proud of their young people and their achievements. I challenge other sectors and organisations to also support their young people, and show the country and the world that Kiwis can cut it anywhere, at anything – and that good skills make a real difference.
For more information, please contact ServiceIQ on 0800 863 693 or email intel@ServiceIQ.org.nz