Fri 3 Nov 2017

WITT engineers success

When the cream of Taranaki’s next generation of engineers was honoured last week,  Kyle Hall couldn’t help but feel a bit proud.

“Of the 62 people who were named in the awards, 48 had a direct association with WITT and some of those who had not will soon when they attend a block course as part of their apprenticeships,” Kyle, Programme Manager Trades at WITT, said.

Elijah Anderson, of ACE Equipment Ltd, collected the WITT excellence award at the Engineering Taranaki Consortium annual awards.

Jack Christiansen of Vector – another to have studied at WITT - was named apprentice of the year.

Hamish Booker (Fonterra, Whareroa) and Aaron Mansell (Fitzroy Engineering Group) were placed second and third respectively in the WITT Excellence category.

The awards, held last Thursday, were the 13th presented by the Engineering Taranaki Consortium.

The former WITT students to win awards or be placed in the top three of categories were Elijah Anderson, Daniel Bailey, Rebecca Barr, Luke Barron, Andrew Beck, Liam Bernet, Hamish Booker, Lockie Bower, Mathew Brown, Riki Burwell-Hikaka, Jarrod Busby, Joel Butler, Joel Campbell, Jack Christiansen, Ethan Coombe, Nicolas Coplestone, Benjamin Crombie, Ian De Beer , Scott Duynhoven, Regan Gernhoefer, Nathan Gower, Bevan Herbert, Alistair Hickey,  Andrew Hinton, Brendon Jury, John Kuklinski, John Lawson, Aaron Mansell, Allan Mansell, Rebekah Mitchell, Scott Moyes, Adam Mullin, Isaac Owen, Daniel Quintus, Ronald Reddy, Logan Sharpe, Tim Smart, Ben Smith, Levi Snooks, Joshua Snowden, David Sonntag, Sam Thompson , Ramon Wilmshurst,    Brodie Wilson,  Anthony Kidd, Liam Scott, Mason Porteous and Elena Jameson.

The apprentices’ links with WITT ranged from attaining a Level 3 qualification at WITT and going on to an apprenticeship involving 17-34 weeks fulltime study in a pre-trade programme at WITT to apprentices who came through the Trades Academy programmes through school and  attended WITT one day a week for 30 weeks to those who had early links with WITT through Secondary Tertiary Alignment Resource (STAR ) or  had links with WITT through short courses.

“All of the above pathways into an apprenticeship have allowed the candidates to experience their chosen field prior to being employed as an apprentice,” Kyle said. 

Picture: Elijah Anderson, pictured with WITT’s Programme Manager, Trades, Kyle Hall.