Ap­pren­tices gain tick­ets

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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.

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