Train­ing com­mit­ment cel­e­brated

The Napier Mail - - CONVERSATIONS -

Michael Roberts likes to share his love of build­ing by or­gan­is­ing coach­ing ses­sions for work­mates at his Ta­matea home.

His com­mit­ment to train­ing was cel­e­brated re­cently at the EIT Ro­tary of Green­mead­ows Trade Train­ing Awards, where he was named the top over­all ap­pren­tice for 2016.

EIT tu­tor Shane Sig­glekow re­garded Roberts as a great role model for his fel­low ap­pren­tices at Richard Kepka Builders, help­ing them with diary en­tries and record­ing pho­to­graphic ev­i­dence of progress in the work­place.

He is due to com­plete his ap­pren­tice­ship this year and Sig­glekow found him to be such an as­set he was feel­ing a lit­tle con­flicted about sign­ing him off the pro­gramme.

‘‘This is a first for me,’’ Sig­glekow said about Roberts’ coach­ing ses­sions for oth­ers. ‘‘To have an ap­pren­tice sort some­thing like this off their own bat, it shows ded­i­ca­tion to his com­pany and the trade.’’

The for­mer Lind­is­farne Col­lege stu­dent left Hawke’s Bay to study for a Bach­e­lor of Technology but dropped out half­way through the de­gree pro­gramme af­ter re­al­is­ing it wasn’t for him.

Mar­ried with two chil­dren, he isn’t rul­ing out com­plet­ing a de­gree. How­ever, he loved build­ing. ‘‘I had a busi­ness ren­o­vat­ing houses and did up half a dozen or so homes un­til the prop­erty mar­ket crashed.’’

EIT, in af­fil­i­a­tion with in­dus­try train­ing or­gan­i­sa­tions, has more than 200 ap­pren­tices en­rolled in its School of Trades and Technology.

Michael Roberts at work.

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