Tradies cel­e­brated at recog­ni­tion din­ner

The Southland Times - - News - Ben Bootsma

The de­mand for trades work­ers will con­tinue to grow in South­land in the fu­ture.

South­ern Direc­tionz gen­eral manger Dave McKis­sock said busi­ness in trades was ris­ing in South­land and more trades work­ers were needed to fill po­si­tions in var­i­ous fu­ture projects.

‘‘The fu­ture of trades in South­land is very ex­cit­ing. We can’t do it with­out the trades.’’

Last night, 79 grad­u­ates took cen­tre stage at the an­nual TradeQual recog­ni­tion din­ner at the As­cot Park Ho­tel in In­ver­cargill.

The grad­u­ates were ap­pren­tices in a va­ri­ety of in­dus­tries in­clud­ing au­to­mo­tive, elec­tri­cal and me­chan­i­cal en­gi­neer­ing, boat build­ing and alu­minium join­ery.

The grad­u­ates were the fu­ture of their in­dus­tries, and the night was a cel­e­bra­tion of their achieve­ment, McKis­sock said.

‘‘It’s about con­grat­u­lat­ing our trades ap­pren­tices who have worked ex­tremely hard over the last three or four years.’’

South­land Cham­ber of Com­merce chief ex­ec­u­tive Sheree Carey said ‘‘skilled trades peo­ple are cru­cial to the fu­ture growth of our re­gion and we’re proud to be part of it’’.

South­ern Direc­tionz and the South­land Cham­ber of Com­merce have worked to­gether for 13 years to ap­pre­ci­ate the re­gion’s ap­pren­tices. ‘‘There’s about 600,000 hours of study in this room, when you think each ap­pren­tice­ship is 6000 hours,’’ McKis­sock said.

The ap­pren­tices were not the only ones who had worked hard to­ward their achieve­ment, McKis­sock said the peo­ple around them needed cel­e­brated too.

‘‘It’s also about con­grat­u­lat­ing those around them. In­dus­try train­ing or­gan­i­sa­tions, fam­i­lies and their em­ploy­ers. With­out them, those grad­u­ates would not be where they are.’’

ROBYN EDIE/STUFF

South­ern Direc­tionz gen­eral manger Dave McKis­sock gets ev­ery­thing in top or­der to cel­e­brate grad­u­ated trades ap­pren­tices Trade Qual at As­cot Park Ho­tel last night.

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