Training commitment celebrated
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.