Halswell tradies recognised at apprenticeship awards

GRADUATED: Left to right, general manager of Dux Jeff La Haye, graduate Nimo Vili and Penny Ratcliffe of Plumbing World at the Apprenticeship Training Trust graduation and prizegiving. PHOTO: DOUG RICHARDSON.

Two Halswell men have been recognised at the Apprenticeship Training Trust graduation and awards.

ATT was established in 1991 to provide trade training opportunities for New Zealanders. Its purpose is to deliver a regular stream of quality tradespeople to the construction industry.

Nimo Vili graduated as a plumber gasfitter.

Mr Vili is a father and has been supporting his family whilst undertaking his apprenticeship.

Last year, he won the Plumbing World Prize for Excellence in Plumbing and Gasfitting.

Mr Vili said he was both proud and relieved to have graduated. He said it was nice to not be on apprentice wages anymore.

Shaun McCoskery is an apprentice in training. He won the Plumbing World Award for Excellence in Plumbing and Gasfitting.

ATT’s CEO, Gray Paterson said they were delighted to see these talented and hard-working young people complete their apprenticeships.

“We also salute the four apprentices who have won prizes for excellence. Mid-way through their apprenticeships, these young people are strongly committed and work to the high standards we set in our apprenticeship programme,” Mr Paterson said.

Mr Vili is now working for a gas company and Mr McCoskery is continuing his apprenticeship with ATT.