Forty-two new apprentices and management trainees, as well as 27 graduates, have celebrated their achievements and success at the 2017 IAG Trades Scholarship Programme Awards, held late September and early October. From this wider group, there were 10 building and 7 glazing apprentices inducted, with 3 building and 1 glazing completions and graduations celebrated.
Taranaki local, Toa MacDonald from Clelands Construction, New Plymouth, took out the Building Apprentice of the Year Award, at the central North Island event held in Hamilton. Toa’s employer Layton Cottam could not be happier with Toa’s application to his trade and apprenticeship to date. In consideration of 24 apprentices employed by Clelands Construction, Toa is a standout at this present point in time with a great future, Mr Cottam says.
Every first-year apprentice in the programme is eligible for the IAG Apprentice of the Year, recognizing their application to both theory and practical elements in their first year as an apprentice in their chosen trade stream.
All graduates and apprentices celebrate their success, alongside their whanau, at an annual awards evening held in four regional centres – Auckland, Hamilton, Wellington and Christchurch.
The Auckland event also saw a watershed moment for IAG. In 2015, the TSP expanded to include the flat glass glazing trade into its programme in partnership with AMN Master Glaziers. There were four trainee apprentices inducted as the first group. It was considered that 2018 would be the first time we would be welcoming this group of four to celebrate their achievements and success.
Someone had other ideas and Bradley Adamson of Total Mirror & Glass Ltd, Auckland, had the distinction of being the inaugural graduate to come out of the TSP with his National Certificate in Glazing. Bradley received a special gold certificate to mark the occasion.
Each year IAG NZ offers support to a number of trade apprentices through its Trades Scholarship Programme. IAG sponsors each trade scholarship trainee for the entire duration of their apprenticeship (3-4 years); with applicants going into Building, Glazing, Collision Repair and Refinishing streams plus a 9 month First Line Management programme for the Collision Repair sector.
“Our core business is based around helping people to recover from misfortune,” John O’Rourke from Claims Services Motor Assessing says. “We look after around half a million insurance claims in New Zealand each year, so we’re relying on our industry trade partners to help us put things right for our customers.
It’s important to us that any repair work is carried out by qualified experts. To do this, we need the skills and expertise of people across a diverse range of professions and disciplines.”
The IAG Trade scholarship Programme has been in existence for 15 years and John has been managing the programme for the last six. He says fostering talented young tradespeople contributes to our purpose: “To make our world a safer place”.
IAG also recognises and thanks the long-term sponsor of the TSP, Bunnings as well as Glasscorp and Master Glaziers, and AMI for providing the fantastic toolboxes and prizes for recipients as well as the valued partnering with BCITO.
IAG is looking forward to supporting and mentoring the new TSP trainees throughout the duration of their apprenticeships with the sole outcome of having them succeed, and achieve a qualification, that is their gateway to a successful and prosperous career.
(left to right) Dean MacGregor - GM Claims Services IAG, Tim Stout - AMI Hamilton, Toa MacDonald – Apprentice of the Year from Clelands Construction Ltd New Plymouth, Ernest Faaola – Hamilton Area Manager Loss Adjusting IAG.
Photo credit: Saul Osborne Photography
(left to right) Wade Harrington - Area Manager Loss Adjusting IAG, Rex Moller CEO Master Glaziers, Bradley Adamson - Inaugural Glazing Graduate from Total Mirror & Glass Ltd, Auckland, Mike King - Board Chairman BCITO.
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