I recently had the pleasure of awarding dozens of local people national certificates for becoming 2014 Industry Training Graduates at a celebratory event held by Grow Mid Canterbury.
Becoming an Industry Training Graduate involves studying while you’re working, either to improve your existing work skills or to gain new ones, and in the process of carrying out your studies, you have the support of your employer, sponsors and Industry Training Organisation training advisors.
The forces behind the scenes making this important study/work scheme successful include the New Zealand Industry Training Organisation, the Mayor’s Task Force For Jobs Initiative and local sponsors including ACL, CLAAS Harvest Centre, Grow Mid Canterbury and the Ashburton District Council.
For those of you who aren’t aware of the Mayor’s Taskforce For Jobs, it’s primarily concerned with ensuring that all young people be engaged in appropriate education, training, work or other activities that contribute to their long-term economic independence and well-being.
In our district, Rachel Prendergast from Grow Mid Canterbury is doing a brilliant job in facilitating many aspects of the Industry Training programme and the number of people who have graduated again this year is testament of how popular and successful the programme is among local employers and employees alike.
Thinking about the wider implications of local employees improving their work skills, in a fast-growing, dynamic community like ours, having a talented workforce is crucial to achieving long-term economic success.
I would like to congratulate Ashburton District’s new Industry Training Graduates for the positive contributions they are making to so many local organisations.
I would also like to take this opportunity to remind others that it’s never too late to either upskill in your area of expertise or take on a new skill.
Although it’s not easy to put in hours of study on top of doing a fulltime job, in the long run it can be very rewarding and worthwhile on a number of different levels to you and your employer.
Whether you’re in your early 20s and want to take that next step in your career or you’re in a well-established role looking to broaden your skills and move up the career ladder, I encourage you to find out more about how to become an Industry Training Graduate.
The study topics available are suited to those in rural or urban workplaces, from construction to agribusiness management, hairdressing, water reticulation, wool harvesting, horticulture and many more areas and the support you will be given throughout the study year is second to none.
Lastly, congratulations to Russell Warlow from ACL who was named the NZ Industry Training Organisation’s 2013 New Zealand Operator of the Year.
It’s a great achievement for Russell, ACL and Ashburton.
Great work and I hope your achievement inspires others to do the same.