A commitment to apprentice training

When we look to define the term 'commitment' it quite simply means being totally dedicated to a cause. 

Recently we had the pleasure of spending some time with an Architectural Aluminium Joinery company that has displayed a true commitment to apprentice training in their sector over the years. 

Operating from Levin in the Horowhenua region, and founded in 1980, Ash Boyd Glass & Aluminium Ltd is a typical small-town family business. Having started out in Glass and Glazing they have since evolved into an aluminium fabrication company.  Since Ash’s retirement some 16 years ago, ownership of the company has been in the hands of his son, Greg Boyd, and his son in law, Tarn Pitihira. 


From left to right, Ash Boyd, Tarn Pitihira and Greg Boyd

The company’s association with formal training began with Greg’s involvement in the development of the first qualifications for the Architectural Aluminium Joinery sector. Greg was part of the working party that responded to calls from the sector at the time to develop these. What emerged from this process were the original National Certificate in AAJ qualifications which were introduced around the year 2000.

The company signed up and completed two of the first apprentices to become qualified professionals in AAJ - Michael Murphy and Dave Pitihira. Michael and Dave remain with the company today with their qualification certificates proudly displayed in the office foyer. They are now enjoying leadership/supervisory roles and remain positive and upbeat about what they do.  They both say, “It’s a pretty good job with great bosses who care about us.” Both Michael and Dave now play critical roles in managing onsite training.


Dave Pitihira with apprentice, George Banfield

The newest apprentices at the business are Clayton Wadsworth and George Banfield who are making their way through the NZ Certificate in Architectural Aluminium Joinery with strands in Machinery and Fabrication. Both are determined to complete their qualifications and are enjoying the environment they are in. They are particularly happy with the variety of work they are offered and the care and attention their employers and mentors show them in their training. George says, “They really look after us with gear, payment of fees and time off if we need it. They have helped me heaps.”


Apprentices, Clayton Wadsworth and George Banfield

Since formal qualifications and training became an option in the AAJ sector, Ash Boyd Glass & Aluminium Ltd has always had apprentices in training. They have trained 10 apprentices which is a fantastic achievement. Training will continue to be an integral part of their successful and thriving business.  For Tarn and Greg though, it is not just about developing labour and skills to enhance their own business, it is about helping their industry to grow and prosper and helping young people in their community to grow and develop. We sincerely thank them for their commitment to training and wish them all the best for the future.

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