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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.

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