Hard work­ing trainees win­ners

Matamata Chronicle - - Rural Delivery -

The Poul­try In­dus­try As­so­ci­a­tion of New Zealand recog­nised its top Agri­cul­ture ITO trainees at its De­cem­ber Board meet­ing in Auck­land. The Poul­try In­dus­try Trainees of the Year trav­elled to Auck­land for lunch with the as­so­ci­a­tion board and to ac­cept their awards.

Waipaare Tuhakaraina ac­cepted the Level 3 Poul­try In­dus­try Trainee of the Year award and Natasha Kamp­shof re­ceived the Level 4 Poul­try In­dus­try Trainee of the Year award. The women are both farm man­agers for Ing­ham’s rear­ing farms in the Mata­mata area and also com­pleted mod­ern ap­pren­tice­ships.

Agri­cul­ture ITO key ac­count man­ager, Sharon Orr, was in­volved with the se­lec­tion process. ‘‘Trainees are ranked on their the­ory grades as well as their prac­ti­cal work,’’ she said. ‘‘Waipaare and Natasha are ex­cel­lent ex­am­ples of our trainees who are achiev­ing at the high­est level.’’

Michael Brooks, ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of the poul­try as­so­ci­a­tion, was en­thu­si­as­tic about the ben­e­fits train­ing brought to his in­dus­try. ‘‘We have worked closely with Agri­cul­ture ITO to de­velop a range of qual­i­fi­ca­tions from Lev­els 2 through to 4,’’ he said. ‘‘We see it as ab­so­lutely es­sen­tial for our in­dus­try that a train­ing path­way is pro­vided. Our recog­ni­tion of the Trainee of the Year is part of that process. Waipaare and Natasha rep­re­sent that at­tain­ment and the de­sire for ex­cel­lence of which the in­dus­try is proud.’’

Ms Tuhakaraina and Ms Kamp­shof both ex­pressed sur­prise at their re­spec­tive wins.

‘‘I had to ask if they had the right name,’’ Ms Tuhakaraina said. Re­warded for her work to­wards her Na­tional Cer­tifi­cate in Poul­try Hus­bandry, Ms Tuhakaraina was find­ing the skills and knowl­edge she learned valu­able.

‘‘A lot of it is hands on,’’ she said. ‘‘But there’s a lot you don’t re­alise un­til you do the the­ory part of the course.’’

Deb­bie Fisher, breeder man­ager at Ing­hams and man­ager of the two win­ners, was full of praise for both women.

‘‘Waipaare has pro­gressed very quickly through the ranks from egg col­lec­tor to rear­ing farm man­ager,’’ she said.

‘‘She is a quick learner who is very proac­tive and a hard worker who com­mu­ni­cates well with staff. She did all her Level 3 work with no help from me.

‘‘Natasha is a very good man­ager who is highly re­garded by man­age­ment,’’ Ms Fisher con­tin­ued.

‘‘She has a good con­cept of chicken hus­bandry and works well with staff. She is very hard work­ing. ‘‘They both threw them­selves into their cour­ses, set their own tar­gets and got it done.’’

Ms Kamp­shof was en­thu­si­as­tic about the ca­reer op­por­tu­ni­ties her Na­tional Cer­tifi­cate in Poul­try Man­age­ment would bring her. ‘‘I felt very priv­i­leged to have the op­por­tu­nity to study through my com­pany, learn and ex­pand my knowl­edge, then get recog­ni­tion for the work I’ve put in,’’ she said.

Ms Tuhakaraina isn’t fin­ished with her achieve­ments. ‘‘I’ve got Level 4 cour­ses com­ing up this year. I’d rec­om­mend that oth­ers in the in­dus­try do qual­i­fi­ca­tions, it’s well worth it,’’ she said.

Achiev­ers: Poul­try In­dus­try Trainees of the Year Waipaare Tuhakaraina and Natasha Kamp­shof with Agri­cul­ture ITO key ac­count man­ager Sharon Orr.

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