Ap­pren­tices on way to be masters of trade

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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.

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Mike Judd ac­cept­ing his Best All Round Master­link Ap­pren­tice Award from Master­link Cen­tral North Is­land Man­ager Dave McGall.

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