Trade grad­u­ates boost to dis­trict

Matamata Chronicle - - News - By DANIEL WHIT­FIELD

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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