The Window Association of New Zealand (WANZ) and Glass Association of New Zealand (GANZ) held their Industry Gala Awards night at the Cordis Hotel in Auckland on 15 June. This was a spectacular event which once again showcased the talent and passion of the Glass and Glazing industry. In conjunction with BCITO, a special part of this evening was dedicated to the celebration of the achievement of the industry’s high achieving apprentices.
It is with great pleasure that we share with you that the recipient of the Allan Sage Memorial Award for Apprentice Excellence in the Glass Industry for 2018 is Asher Takao from Stu Smith Glass Limited, Gisborne. Asher received glowing references from his employer, his BCITO Training advisor and from his tutor at the Glass and Glazing school where his off-site block courses were completed.
The judging panel was very impressed with his all-round glazing skills and his general ability to form positive working relationships with his colleagues and the clients he works for. Asher received the stunning Allan Sage Memorial Trophy and $1000.00 prizemoney from GANZ.
The recipient of the Glass and Glazing Most Promising Apprentice of the Year for 2018 is Ethan Taylor from Viridian Glass, Nelson. Ethan’s employer told us Ethan has embraced his apprenticeship with both hands, is quick to learn and has an eye for detail that leaves the customer with a high end finished product.
These sentiments were certainly reinforced by his BCITO Training Advisor, Grant Johnson, who shared with us his story of a quiet young man who has turned into a confident tradesperson. Ethan received the magnificent GANZ Cup on the night which he accepted with pride and graciousness.
Congratulations to both of these outstanding young apprentices who have deservedly received these accolades from their mentors.
We hope that this will inspire even more apprentices to apply for these awards next year.
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