The New Zealand Marine Industry Training Organisation (NZMITO) saw another large group of 81 young apprentices graduate in December, with a number of those receiving their qualification at a graduation dinner held at the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron.
The event saw the recently qualified apprentices celebrate their achievements over the past three to four years with not only their friends, family, colleagues and employers but also their NZMITO staff and Field Officers.
Graduates attended the evening to collect their qualifications and awards, ranging from certificates in alloy boat building, composites, rigging and painting to marine retail and systems engineering.
NZ Marine & Composites Industry Training Organisation General Manager, Chris van der Hor says the apprentices are instrumental in the growth of the industry and the NZMITO continually rates highly amongst not only the apprentices but other industries.
“These young apprentices are an essential part of not only the New Zealand workforce, but the industry. Out of the eleven different industry training organisations in New Zealand, the NZMITO achieved the second highest completion rate ” says van der Hor.
“The structured training means the apprentices are trained to the highest standard and we’ve seen many apprentices go on to great things around New Zealand, and the world. The NZMITO programme continues to grow and we can report that 64% of graduates from 2014 reported back that the ITO training programme exceeded their expectations.”
“The ‘hands on’ practical experience these people gain from their involvement in the industry, coupled with theory training from NZ Marine & Composites ITO’s training resources and providers make for a well rounded competent achiever in the New Zealand marine industry.”
Since its inception, the NZMITO has now seen 1640 apprentices come through the programme and achieve a relevant industry qualification.
From successful Trailer Power Boats to internationally acclaimed Super Yachts and race winning performance Yachts, the New Zealand marine and composite’s industry is forecast to double in size over the next 10 to 15 years and is dependant on a strong and well trained work force.
The New Zealand marine and composites industry is one of New Zealand’s largest manufacturing industries with close to $2 billion in sales, employing over 10,000 people and has over 160 employers employing almost 400 apprentices.
The New Zealand Marine Industry Training Organisation (NZMITO) has seen another large group of 81 young apprentices graduate in December with their formal qualification. NZ Marine & Composites Industry Training Organisation General Manager, Chris van der Hor addresses the graduates at start of the evening.
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Chris van der Hor
NZ Marine & Composites Industry Training Organisation
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