Thu 19 Oct 2017

Coffee with that?

Apprentices on the latest welding and fabrication course at WITT were encouraged to take a coffee break, of sorts.

They were challenged to fabricate a coffee grinder or a coffee roaster as part of the final tests of their skills before completing their apprenticeships.

Kyle Hall, Programme Manager Trades, said the projects were selected by their Industry Training Organisation (ITO) Competenz. To complete the work apprentices would have to show an ability to master a range of different skills.

WITT runs training courses for the region’s ITO apprentices, providing a service which removes the need for companies to send staff out of the province for training.

It is host to all levels of Taranaki apprentices and is now training 50 Automotive MITO apprentices, 26 Electrical Skills Org apprentices and 60 Engineering Competenz apprentices.  

More block courses commence in December.

Kyle Hall said the downturn in the engineering industry had impacted on the number of apprentices coming through WITT and there was still a demand for skilled tradespeople.

Picture: Ben Smith, who is employed at Mercer Stainless Limited in Bell Block, and Michael Watts, from Steelfab Limited in The Valley, showed off their completed coffee projects for the WITT News camera just before they completed their courses.