APPRENTICESHIP SCHEME IS TOPS
At an awards evening in Amsterdam late last year, the NZ Marine and Composites Industry Training Organisation was named the world’s best apprenticeship training programme. The Boat Builder Awards are the global marine industry’s leading awards and are organised by Metstrade – the world’s largest business-to-business marine equipment show – and publishers of IBI Magazine, Boating Communications.
NZ Marine and Composites Industry Training Organisation (NZMAC ITO) won the top honour for Best Apprenticeship or Training Scheme, with NZ Marine executive director, Peter Busfield on hand to collect the award.
NZMAC ITO was appointed by the New Zealand government to develop professional qualifications and set standards for the marine and composites industries. It works with apprentices, employers and training providers to ensure high quality training.
“This award acknowledges the many New Zealand employers who contributed to the writing of the apprenticeship programme, and the more than 200 employers who between them have 450 apprentices in the NZMAC ITO programme,” says Busfield.
The programme has already been licensed by other training providers around the world – something which is expected to increase following this award. The NZMAC ITO is part of the NZ Marine Industry Association. www.nzmarine.co.nz
NZ Marine’s Peter Busfield (right) is presented with the accolade by IBI’S Ed Slack and Nick Hopkinson.