The Window Association of New Zealand (WANZ) and Glass Association of New Zealand (GANZ) held their combined Industry Awards Gala at the Grand Millennium Auckland on 17 June. This was a spectacular event which showcased the talent and passion of the Glass and Glazing industry. In conjunction with BCITO the industry celebrated the achievement of the following awards.
Allan Sage Memorial Award for Apprentice Excellence in the Glass Industry
It is with great pleasure that we announce the recipient of the inaugural Allan Sage Memorial Award for Apprentice Excellence in the Glass Industry is Anthony Bergman from Metro Performance Glass, Christchurch.
Anthony achieved 1st in class for all three of his off-job training courses and his tutor commented on his excellent leadership skills as well as technical skills. The judging panel was impressed by his achievement of a high score for the award criteria and excellent references. His nomination information demonstrated real dedication and passion for his chosen career path and his quality accomplishments after such a short period.
This award is in recognition of Allan Sage, who was not only one of the key contributors to the glass & glazing industry over the last 40 years but was also heavily involved in all aspects of industry training. Allan was a board member of JITO (predecessor to BCITO), he was also instrumental in the Glass and Glazing Institution creation when the training school was established. Naturally along with this Allan held positions on the BCITO National Advisory Groups and Strategic Training Advisory Groups.
The applications submitted for this year were of a high standard demonstrating some very talented young people with strong leadership skills emerging for the glass & glazing industry. We hope even more apprentices will be encouraged to apply for next year.
Glass and Glazing Most Promising Apprentice of the Year
It is with great pleasure that we announce the recipient of the Glass and Glazing Most Promising Apprentice of the Year is Blake Delaney from Golden Bay Glass Ltd, Takaka.
Blake was a high achiever at his off-job training course showing excellent practical skills. The judging panel were also impressed with Blake’s proficiency across a broad spectrum of glazing skills, his work ethic and customer service skills.
The Government’s free fees initiative looks set to help alleviate some of the skills shortages in the building and construction industry, with some new apprentices eligible for two years of free training from 2018.
BCITO is pleased to be named a finalist in the Medium-Large Workplace (150-399 employees) category in the IBM Best Workplaces Survey and Awards.