Trade graduates boost to district
Six people from Matamata were recognised as graduates at the Industry Training Graduation last Tuesday at the Matamata Memorial Centre.
Those graduating were Alex van Veen and Chase Te Puke from Stanley Construction, Eifion Roberts from Comag, Natalie Curtis and Wendy Clothier from Matamata Sports Centre and Kelsi Payze from Blades Hair Design.
Although numbers were low due to a large amount of graduates either relocating to Christchurch to assist with the rebuild or to Australia, Matamata- Piako District mayor Hugh Vercoe said it was a special evening to award those who had achieved and having graduates stay and work in the district was rewarding to the community.
‘‘I was delighted to have the opportunity to recognise people who have made these achievements,’’ Mr Vercoe said.
‘‘These people strengthen our com- munity by applying their our district,’’ he said.
Graduates were from a range of industry qualifications including retail, automotive, plumbing and construction.
Mr Vercoe was the guest speaker at the ceremony and told his story – Sheep Shearer to Mayor – about life experiences in business as someone who did not attend university.
He talked about the importance of having the right attitude and learning on the job through trade qualifications – something he said the graduates showed by graduating in their chosen fields.
Last week’s celebrations was the final time Mr Vercoe would attend an Industry Training Graduation as he will step down later this year.
The Industry Training Graduation is a result of the Mayor’s Task Force that concentrates on young people in the district and helps them find employment or education.
Graduates were supported friends and family as well employers.
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