Fri 29 Jun 2018

Fonterra staff at WITT

It was a watershed moment for WITT this week when an innovative course for a dozen Fonterra staff was completed.

Under an initiative development by Kyle Hall, now the head of NZIHT, plant operators and process managers from Fonterra’s Kapuni plant were enrolled in a welding course on the WITT campus at New Plymouth.

Kyle said a Fonterra staff survey had shown a common desire to learn welding and project management and Fonterra saw it as an opportunity for personal development.

For staff like Neils Smithson the opportunity was one worth taking with both hands.

“Getting the background knowledge was great and the course was well laid out,” he said.

“In fact, we got to complete everything early so were able to make a few things.”

Course tutor Mark Hudson said the students were an excellent and keen group who were able to earn up to five unit standards towards a National Certificate in Welding, Level 3.

They were taught the basics of manual metal arc welding (MMAW), gas tungsten arc gas welding (GTAW/TIG) and flux cored arc welding (FCAW) and gas and plasma cutting.  

The course involved some careful juggling to ensure class space was available for the Fonterra staff at irregular times, because of the shifts they worked. The staff spent a total of 14 days at WITT, each clocking up 112 hours of study.

Mark said the collaboration between WITT and Fonterra had been an excellent one.

The Fonterra staff on the course were Fraser Brooker, Jock Chisnall, Chris Duke, Luke Fowler, Jayden Frost, David Keller, Curtis Luke, Will Richards, Jamie Skinner, Neils Smithson, Matthew Waite and Reuben Wallace.

WITT’s Brian Souness, Executive Director Commercial, said: “This is another great example of WITT delivering training that specifically meets industry needs.”

For industry bespoke training Brian can be contacted on b.souness@witt.ac.nz phone: 06 757 3265