Talented EIT artisans honored at Rotary Trade Training Awards


Tim Farrell (left) receives the Top Apprentice award for the 2021 Mike Davis Memorial Cup from Rotary Club of Greenmeadows President Jenny Robertson at the Rotary Club of Greenmeadows and EIT Hawke’s Bay Trade Training Awards 2021 this week. EIT Chief Executive Chris Collins looks on.

The achievements of a talented group of tradespeople who learned their trade at EIT were recognized at the Rotary Club of Greenmeadows and the EIT Hawke’s Bay Trade Training Awards 2021 this week.

The awards, in their 44th year, were established in 1978 by the late Jim Callinicos who was the club’s second president and past president of the Motor Trade Association.

The event at the Napier War Memorial Center on Wednesday evening (May 25) was attended by EIT Chief Executive Chris Collins, as well as Napier Mayor Kirsten Wise and Hastings Mayor Sandra Hazlehurst. The guest speaker was Hannes White, Managing Director of Reset Electrical Ltd. A total of 34 students were recognized for their commitment, passion and excellence.

Chris Collins says the annual awards are a recognition of talent coming from EIT and showed that there are many career paths available with the right training.

“Congratulations to all the winners and we wish them good luck in their careers. Our thanks to the Rotary Club of Greenmeadows for organizing these awards each year and to all the sponsors of the scholarships distributed. Our thanks also to industry and employers who are here and provide workplace learning opportunities for our interns and apprentices. We appreciate all of your support.

The Mike Davis Memorial Cup for Overall Top Apprentice, named after a former Greenmeadows Rotary President, was awarded to Tim Farrell, who was chosen from among all the award-winning apprentices. He has also won the EIT Hawke’s Bay Best Apprentice Award in the New Zealand Certificate in Plumbing, Gas Fitting and Drain Fitting.
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In 2018 he joined Advanced Plumbing as an apprentice and immediately showed great promise. Tim takes great pride in his work and expects a lot from himself and those who work with him, always striving for the best.

Chris Olsen, tutor and program coordinator in plumbing, gas and drain installation at EIT, says Tim is a diligent and capable learner.

“Throughout his time at EIT, he has not only shown a willingness to learn, but also to help and support his peers in theoretical and practical tasks. Tim has shown that he will be successful in his trades and that he also has a bright future due to his thirst for knowledge and being a real, honest and “nice guy”.

The EIT School of Trades and Technology Certificate of Excellence was awarded to Ben Robinson, who is enrolled in the EIT Managed Apprentice [Level 4 Programme] and is also at K3 Kahungunu property. He also won the EIT Hawke’s Bay Best Student Award for New Zealand Construction Skills Certificate. [Level 3] carpentry program, which he completed last year.

The EIT School of Trades and Technology Certificate of Excellence was awarded to Ben Robinson (centre) at the Rotary Club of Greenmeadows and EIT Hawke’s Bay Trade Training Awards 2021 this week. With him is the President of the Rotary Club of Greenmeadows, Jenny Robertson, (left) and EIT Chief Executive Chris Collins (right)

Ben, who is a graduate of Hawke’s Bay Schools Trades Academy, which is taught at EIT, organized a work experience with Mark Boys Builder and worked during the 2020/2021 holidays before entering the Construction Level program 3.

He got a part-time job during his full-time studies, as well as a full-time job for Mark Boys Builder during EIT school holidays. Mark Boys Builder is a strong supporter of the EIT Carpentry Level 3 program and has employed former graduates.

Tom Hay, EIT carpentry tutor and program coordinator, says Ben works extremely hard and his practical work and theoretical studies were also of a high standard.

“His attendance and attitude during the Level 3 construction program was excellent.

Todd Rogers, Head of School at the EIT School of Trades and Technology, said: “The aim of these awards is to honor the achievements of young tradespeople and help them make their way with thousands dollars in scholarships sponsored by local businesses. ”

Greenmeadows Rotary Club president Jenny Robertson says the club is thrilled to still be a part of these training scholarships after 44 years.

“The trades industry is still highly respected, and these students venturing into the working world will be essential in shaping and serving our communities.”

Award categories included hairdressing, barbering, hospitality, automotive, carpentry, carpentry, electrical, engineering and plumbing, gas hook-up, and drain laying. The award sponsors were Wella Professionals; Maxim Barbers; master electricians; Unison; Ideal electrical supplies; repco; MTA insured; Recce; ATNZ; Skill ; EIT; Tumu; southern hospitality; Flight coffee; Hawke’s Bay Wine and Food Society and Rotary International.

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