Trade training collaboration creates jobs
A new trade training centre built with a vision to provide jobs in the South Waikato region has opened.
The collaboration between the South Waikato District Council, transport and logistic industry leaders and Waiariki Bay of Plenty Polytechnic has come to fruition.
It took 18 months to complete and the official opening also coincided with the centre’s first graduates.
Applause and jeers of congratulations echoed as thirteen graduates walked away with the National Certificate in Distribution.
Head of school of applied technology Malcolm Hardy said the initiative was a perfect example of what can be achieved.
‘‘It is an example of the forward thinking and a visionary attitude that drives the South Waikato District Council,’’ Hardy said.
‘‘It’s also an example of the determination to make sure that the community thrives and is prepared to do more than talk about it.’’
He said the council has been prepared to put time and money investing in the region’s economic future.
Mayor Sinclair said skilled workers would leave the centre ready to meet the demand of the industry’s shortage.
‘‘When a collaboration takes
‘‘It is an example of the forward thinking and a visionary attitude that drives the South Waikato District Council.’’ Malcolm Hardy
place and people are committed to make quite certain that jobs can be made and you can live in a small town like Tokoroa, Putaruru and Tirau and enjoy the small wonders and have a job."
Graduate Trish Looney previously drove a forklift before she lost her left leg in a accident a few years ago.
‘‘I wanted to get back on the forklift but after my accident. I was a bit ify about getting back on it again.
‘‘At least now it proves that I can and doing this course you learn lots of other things, just in case.’’
Mayor Sinclair said another deficiency in the community was a shortage of truck drivers.
‘‘We said we’re going to have to do something.’’
Celebrations continued with the first intake of students enrolled in the Commercial Road Transport Level 3 course.
Students will complete Class 2, 4 and 5 truck licences in 12 months.