Tool Blacks ready for the world

05 October 2011

Stokes Valley auto refinisher Drew Avery will don an ‘all black’ uniform of his own this week as he prepares to take on tradespeople from across the globe at the World Skills competition in London.

The World Skills competition, known as the Olympics of trade and service industries, is taking place this month.

The competition involves young people from 50 countries and ends with 900 of the best young professionals showcasing their talents and abilities on an international stage.

Drew is no stranger to success, having secured a State Insurance-sponsored scholarship for an automotive repair apprenticeship in 2008 before going on to win the State Apprentice of the Year in 2009.

He and fellow State apprenticeship graduate, Andre Prinsloo of Auckland will both represent the New Zealand Tool Blacks.

“We’re thrilled to see two State Apprenticeship Scheme graduates achieve on an international level. Highly skilled and qualified tradespeople help us provide a better overall service for our customers which is why State has supported apprentices for the past nine years” says State Insurance’s executive general manager Mary-Jane Daly.

Drew works for State approved repairers Stokes Valley Collision Repairs and is a former Upper Hutt College student.

As State sponsored graduates Drew and Andre had their course-related costs covered and received an additional $2500 towards their costs for the World Skills competition.