Apprentices on way to be masters of trade
Morrinsville Plumbing & Gas Services scored a hat trick of apprentice awards at the 2017 Waikato Master Plumbers Awards, held at Hamilton’s Wintec Atrium.
Jarrod Spearpoint won Year 1, Kaleb Reeve Year 2 and Mike Judd Year 3. All three were completing apprenticeships through the Masterlink apprentice training scheme.
Morrinsville Plumbing & Gas Services Managing Director Dave Strong said Jarrod Spearpoint’s keenness to learn makes him a stand out apprentice. He has improved in leaps and bounds to become a valued member of the team, said Strong.
Kaleb Reeve was chosen by his Wintec tutors to enter the regional World Skills NZ competition. He went on to represent Waikato in the national competition.
Strong said Reeve was a conscientious worker who always gave his best.
‘‘Kaleb has the x-factor, which will make him an outstanding plumber and gasfitter.’’
Mike Judd always aims for excellence, and Strong sees him becoming a business owner one day. Judd came to plumbing as an adult apprentice having decided to change careers. Judd thanked his wife for encouraging him to enter the trade.
He was also nominated for the Wintec Apprentice of the Year Award and went on to win the 2017 Best All Round Masterlink Apprentice Award.
Strong puts the success of his apprentices down to setting clear expectations and challenging them to work things out for themselves.
He admitted he expected a lot of the apprentices, sometimes pushing them outside their comfort zones, but excellent support was always at hand.
Mike Judd accepting his Best All Round Masterlink Apprentice Award from Masterlink Central North Island Manager Dave McGall.