Apprentice joiner achieves accolades on both sides of the Tasman

Originally from Tanzania, Mohamed Valibhai moved with his family to Lumsden ten years ago at the age of 12. In his early twenties he spent a year studying at University before deciding he wanted to be a joiner.

That must have been the best decision Mohamed ever made - he’s now a celebrated achiever in the joinery industry.

Now in the third year of his joinery apprenticeship with Stevenson and Williams in Dunedin, Mohamed has not only scooped three awards at the Master Joiners apprentice awards in New Plymouth recently, but has also been awarded the Australian Woodworking Industry Suppliers Association’s (AWISA’s) John Tiddy Memorial Award.Mohamed Valibhai

This award was established in 2008 to commemorate the late John Tiddy’s contribution to the Australasian furniture and woodworking industries and his contribution to AWISA.

Mohamed receives an all expenses paid trip to the AWISA 2014 exhibition in Brisbane in August and $A2000 ($NZ2150) towards his training course fees.

Bill Cubitt of Otago Chamber of Commerce’s 4Trades Apprenticeship Training Trust is delighted with Mohamed’s success. “Mohamed Valibhai is an outstanding young Joinery apprentice. The two major awards that he has received this year are just reward for the commitment and energy that he’s put into his Craftsperson apprenticeship. He has always been prepared to take feedback on board and work to improve his performance. He is well backed up by a very professional team of Joiners at Stevenson & Williams who have provided him with quality training. Mohamed has gained the awards but it is all part of a top team effort,” Bill Cubitt.

Mohamed’s dedication and achievement is another example of BCITO apprentices who are willing to stand up and strive to be the best they can be and his awards demonstrate the excellent talent coming through our Specialist Trade industries right now.

Way to go Mohamed!

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