Trade train­ing col­lab­o­ra­tion cre­ates jobs

South Waikato News - - Your Paper, Your Place - FRANCES FER­GU­SON

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.

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