Fri 9 Nov 2018

Honour for Hamish

A Fonterra employee has won the WITT Excellence Award at the annual Engineering Taranaki Consortium (ETC) Apprenticeship Awards.

Hamish Booker, who is working at Whareroa, received his award last night at the Todd Energy sponsored awards for engineering and electrical trades and gateway to industry.

Hamish, who is about six months away from completing his apprenticeship, learned welding, machining, milling and lathe skills at WITT last year and this year.

The former Stratford High School student enjoys speedway and plays football for Eltham.

He said he enjoyed his time at WITT and hopes to secure full-time work with Fonterra when he completes his apprenticeship.

The premier award, 2018 Apprentice of the Year presented by ETC chairman Pat Hills, went to Michael Johnson of Excel Refrigeration.

WITT’s business development executive director Brian Souness told the audience at the Devon Hotel the event had come “a long way” since he was first involved more than a decade ago.

He said the community would notice a more proactive approach from WITT in 2019 which would be marked by a closer relationship with industry players, greater understanding and a more flexible approach to meet industry needs

“We will be strengthening existing relationships and striking new ones,” he said.

WITT would also increase its promotion work through schools and other organisations for trades, trades apprenticeships and trades training in order to attract more talented people of the calibre of those in the audience who were nominated for awards.

Brian also paid tribute to the work of the ETC under the chairmanship of Pat Hills, particularly the work of Training Manager Dave “Cully” Cullen.


Pictured: WITT’s Brian Souness, with Hamish Booker.