Worker re­ceives $6000 schol­ar­ship

Whanganui Chronicle - - News - Staff Re­porter [email protected]­i­

Whanganui con­struc­tion worker Thomas Mon­aghan is look­ing to add quan­tity sur­vey­ing to his skillset af­ter re­ceiv­ing a $6000 study schol­ar­ship.

The junior pro­ject man­ager at Shane Stone Builders has been awarded the Freema­sons Will­son Lewis Schol­ar­ship and is aim­ing to be­come a pro­ject man­ager.

The schol­ar­ship is awarded by UCOL, Manawatu¯ Kil­win­ning Lodge No. 47 and Reg­is­tered Mas­ter Builders to qual­i­fied peo­ple in the con­struc­tion in­dus­try.

Re­cip­i­ents of the schol­ar­ship can choose to study a New Zealand diploma in busi­ness, con­struc­tion or ar­chi­tec­tural tech­nol­ogy at UCOL.

Mon­aghan has elected for con­struc­tion.

“I’m look­ing for­ward to the next cou­ple of years. It’s go­ing to be tough work, but I’m ready to see where it takes me,” Mon­aghan said.

“I’m keen to to get a broader over­view of the in­dus­try, be­cause pro­ject man­agers need to know all as­pects.

“The quan­tity sur­vey­ing strand of the diploma is go­ing to help a lot and could open up some more doors for me in the fu­ture.”

Land­mark Homes Manawatu¯ con­struc­tion man­ager and for­mer UCOL car­pen­try lec­turer Cameron McIn­tosh is also a re­cip­i­ent and has elected to take the same path­way as Mon­aghan.

“Al­ready be­ing a pro­ject man­ager in the con­struc­tion in­dus­try, study­ing quan­tity sur­vey­ing will add an­other string to my bow and make me use­ful in a range of as­pects in the con­struc­tion in­dus­try.

“I al­ready have the first year of the diploma un­der my belt, so get­ting this schol­ar­ship is awe­some be­cause I can now fin­ish it.”

The schol­ar­ship is named in hon­our of Manawatu¯ Kil­win­ning Lodge No. 47 mem­bers Jim Will­son and Sam Lewis, who both ran sig­nif­i­cant busi­nesses in the Manawatu¯ .

Their es­tates pro­vided the ini­tial fund­ing for the schol­ar­ships, with ad­di­tional fund­ing com­ing from Freema­sons Char­ity, Mas­ter Builders Manawatu¯ branch and UCOL.

Ex­ec­u­tive dean of en­gi­neer­ing and ap­plied tech­nolo­gies Danny Reilly said UCOL was proud to partner with Manawatu¯ Kil­win­ning Lodge No. 47 and Mas­ter Builders.

“We have great en­gage­ment with our stake­hold­ers. The thing that re­ally spins our wheels is stu­dents get­ting jobs, and we can’t do it with­out the in­dus­try,” Reilly said.

“The grad­u­ates of these diplo­mas are the very best that em­ploy­ers can get. We know that be­cause we have a 95 per cent em­ploy­ment rate over the past three grad­u­a­tions.”

Freema­sons Will­son Lewis Schol­ar­ship re­cip­i­ents Cameron McIn­tosh and Thomas Mon­aghan with Danny Reilly, Paal Iversen, Mal­colm Pettman and Darren Shad­bolt.

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