Lo­cal glaziers score schol­ar­ships

Horowhenua Chronicle - - NEWS -

Two lo­cal glaziers have scored places on a pres­ti­gious schol­ar­ship pro­gramme men­tored by the Mas­ter Glaziers or­gan­i­sa­tion.

Bradley Jensen and Mikaere Kay­wood of Levin Glass have been ac­cepted on the IAG Trades Schol­ar­ship pro­gramme, and will be in­ducted at a cer­e­mony in Welling­ton on Oc­to­ber 11.

Each year IAG sup­ports a num­ber of trades ap­pren­tices through the pro­gramme, so re­pair work in the ar­eas it cov­ers as an in­sur­ance com­pany are car­ried out by ex­perts.

Both Bradley and Mikaere were ac­cepted af­ter com­plet­ing a rig­or­ous in­ter­view process.

“Only a cer­tain num­ber of peo­ple get ac­cepted,” Bradley said.

“I was pretty blown away to be ac­cepted to be hon­est.”

Bradley said he got into glaz­ing af­ter be­ing given the op­por­tu­nity to do some ca­sual labour in the trade and now re­ally en­joys his work.

“I get to meet new peo­ple ev­ery day and ev­ery job’s dif­fer­ent,” he said.

It was also sat­is­fy­ing to see the fin­ished out­come of com­plet­ing var­i­ous glaz­ing jobs, he said.

Mikaere said he got into the trade through a friend, and was “stoked” to have been awarded the schol­ar­ship.

He also en­joyed the va­ri­ety the job of­fered.

“I just like be­ing out at dif­fer­ent sites and not in the same place,” he said.

“It’s some­thing dif­fer­ent ev­ery day.”

He said all the dif­fer­ent skills that were learned in glaz­ing kept it in­ter­est­ing and he hoped to have his own busi­ness one day.

Both Bradley and Mikaere’s ap­pren­tice­ships, which are in house glaz­ing, will last around four and a half years, and the schol­ar­ship pro­gramme will mean they are vis­ited and men­tored dur­ing that time, as well as hav­ing their ap­pren­tice­ships paid for.

Ap­pren­tice­ships and qual­i­fi­ca­tions for glaziers are pro­vided through the Build­ing and Con­struc­tion In­dus­try Train­ing Or­gan­i­sa­tion (BCITO), a govern­ment-ap­pointed body that de­vel­ops pro­fes­sional qual­i­fi­ca­tions and sets stan­dards for the in­dus­try.

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Mikaere Kay­wood (left) and Bradley Jensen have been awarded ap­pren­tice­ship schol­ar­ships in glaz­ing.

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