Apprentices gain tickets
Qualified apprentices working in Matamata and Piako were recognised at the annual Industry Training Graduation last week.
Matamata-Piako District Council hosted the awards, which are held annually to recognise the importance of industry training qualifications and to celebrate the success of those who have chosen to be become skilled in their vocation.
Mayor Hugh Vercoe said the event was an important opportunity for the council, and the community, to acknowledge the success of the graduates.
‘‘The people that gain qualifications through various industry training organisations – builders, farmers, plumbers – never get to come together in one group like this to celebrate their achievements,’’ Mr Vercoe said.
‘‘It’s a really positive thing for them to be recognised.’’
There were 27 graduates from the Matamata area and they were each presented with a certificate from the council on the night.
Graduates came from a variety of industries, including mechanical engineering, panelbeating, carpentry, gas fitting and plumbing.
Matamata Panel Works apprentice Daniel Adam recently completed his National Certificate in Panel Beating (Level 4) after working in the industry for 19 years.
He said that it was good to learn new skills while working towards his qualification because technology within the panelbeating trade was always changing.
He is now looking at completing a further qualification in collision repair.
Matamata-Piako District Council is a member of the Mayors Taskforce for Jobs, a national initiative to encourage employment or training for people in New Zealand.