Michael Good – 2015 Joinery Tool Black for World Skills

“It was amazing! I learnt that if you really put your mind to something you can do it..."

“It was amazing! I learnt that if you really put your mind to something you can do it. It’s down to your mental toughness – to be prepared, to go for it and take risks,” raved Michael Good, when asked about his experience at the World Skills Event recently held in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

Michael Good

The project for the Joinery category was circulated to all the competitors in advance of the competition so they had ample opportunity to become familiar with it. However, there were some last minute changes made to the project just before the competition so some of it was new and required on-the-spot thinking. Even with the eyes of hundreds of spectators on him and working to-the-clock, Michael stayed focused on his project.  Michael made the decision to get involved in World Skills, because he likes to push himself and believes the 580 hours of additional training he shouldered was all worthwhile. Supported by his employer Peter Howley of Peter Howley Joinery, Invercargill, Michael spent every available evening and weekend practising in either his Dad’s workshop or at the Southern Institute of Technology (SIT).

Michael thought the standard of the other competitors in his category was excellent, especially the Europeans and the competition winner from Korea.

Michael’s advice to future Tool Blacks would be to keep in close contact with your Skill Manager, talk to others in the trade and choose the work method that works best for you.

When asked about his most memorable moment at World Skills, Michael replied, “Doing the Haka at the Opening Ceremony in front of 10,000 plus people was an amazing experience”.

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