Luke Boustridge, Special Projects Manager for the Electrical Training Company, has been elected World Chief Expert for the electrical sector for World Skills, the world’s largest trades skills competition.
The election, with voting from delegates from 40 countries, was held at World Skills 2017, which ran in Abu Dhabi from 15-18 October. Mr Boustridge, who is based at the Electrical Training Company’s Auckland support office, will now lead delegates in international preparations for the next World Skills, to be held in Russia in 2019.
“It is a very big job and it is an honour to be elected with a consensus from your industry peers from 40 nations,” he said.
Thirteen hundred young people from 59 countries and regions showcased their talent in 51 skills categories at the 44th World Skills, the biggest event ever held at Abu Dhabi’s National Exhibition Centre (ADNEC). It was the first time the event had been held in the Middle East and North Africa region and 200,000 visitors attended over the four days.
Mr Boustridge first attended World Skills as a contestant, representing New Zealand in the electrical category in 2007. “I took on a role as Assistant Technical Delegate in 2009 and then served as New Zealand Electrical Expert and then Deputy World Chief Expert over the next three competitions,” he said. “The World Chief Expert is responsible for organising the global team who organise the international competition for electrical contestants.”
Chief Executive Jeremy Sole said: “This is a significant achievement and great recognition for Luke’s exceptional leadership qualities and technical knowledge and ability.”
Mr Boustridge also oversaw the New Zealand electrical trade participants at this year’s event, including Auckland-based Etco apprentice Chabb Chia, who won a Medallion of Excellence in the Domestic Commercial category.