On­line ap­pren­tices a suc­cess

Napier Courier - - News -

For the first time, EIT Hawke’s Bay has 100 car­pen­try ap­pren­tices on its books, with the re­cent sign­ing of Julie An­niss by ET Homes.

Now she’ll be com­plet­ing her qual­i­fi­ca­tions on­line us­ing an app de­signed by EIT. Julie com­pleted a year­long pre-trades course, work­ing two days a week with Ed­die Timu of ET Homes in 2017. Ed­die him­self is a grad­u­ate of the Level 3 car­pen­try pro­gramme at EIT.

She started work­ing with Ed­die full-time, and her en­thu­si­asm and skills earned her an ap­pren­tice­ship of­fer.

Shane Sig­glekow, EIT Trades and Tech­nol­ogy School pro­gramme co­or­di­na­tor for ap­pren­tice­ships and cadet­ships, worked with an app de­signer for a year to cre­ate and re­fine the on­line tool that records the­o­ret­i­cal and prac­ti­cal mile­stones. It was in­tro­duced at the begin­ning of 2018, and 45 ap­pren­tices are us­ing it.

“The app has mod­ernised the sys­tem,”. says Shane. “The young peo­ple love it be­cause it does away with cut­ting and past­ing into a hard copy di­ary. They can take pho­tos and post them and notes all with their phone. The bosses can log in and see at a glance whether their ap­pren­tice is keep­ing on track with the work.”

Julie was one of four fe­male stu­dents in the Level 3 pre-trades course in 2017. Three have gained ap­pren­tice­ships.

To mark the 100th mile­stone, Julie will be pre­sented with gifts do­nated by sup­pli­ers at a prize­giv­ing next week.

Builder Ed­die Timu with Julie An­niss and Tom Hay, EIT car­pen­try tu­tor, check­ing out the on­line ap­pren­tice­ship app de­vel­oped by EIT.

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