Wholly Cow Pat Luke

December 16th, 2016

Butchery apprenticeship is the beginning of a lifelong career for Cambridge student

For 16-year-old Luke Andrews, wanting to be a butcher started when he was young. Around four years ago his parents brought Export Meats in Cambridge – now known as Wholly Cow – which cemented his passion for the...

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December 13th, 2016

Global manufacturing business keeps ahead of the game

From its humble beginnings in the late eighties to now an international company, Napier-based food display cabinetmaking company Food Products Group (FPG) have come a long way since owner Robert Darroch started the business in his garage. FPG are...

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November 22nd, 2016

Your workforce development needs get a listening ear

Have you heard about SAGs and what they can do for you? The Competenz Sector Advisory Group (SAG) was reinvigorated just over a year ago. Today it’s providing a direct channel for feedback in the ever-evolving area of...

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Business admin forestry

November 18th, 2016

New forestry products

*Available now*   *National Certificate in Business (Business Administration), Level 3* The aim of this programme is to enhance business and administration skills by providing a suite of tools and techniques to streamline and improve business operations. Join a network of business...

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Hayden means business

November 17th, 2016

From apprentice to business owner

“My apprenticeship took me way beyond learning how to do the basic ‘pipework’ in this job. But running your own team of guys, running the whole show? That’s completely different from doing it yourself.” Aucklander Hayden Watt finished his...

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toolbox challenge

November 11th, 2016

Inter-school ‘Toolbox Challenge’ finding budding engineers and furniture makers

The results are in for the inter-school competition ‘Toolbox Challenge’. The top prize in the engineering section went to Rangitoto College student James Thompson. Blue Mountain College student Tom Hancox took out the furniture section, as well as the People’s...

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colmar brunton story

November 8th, 2016

Schools say “one size doesn’t fit all” and Competenz listens

The Competenz Careers team work collaboratively with over 200 schools to help student’s kickstart their careers in the trades industries. We embarked on a research project, in partnership with market research agency Colmar Brunton, to find out from schools...

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Creative Edge Food team web

November 7th, 2016

Bakery owner dedicated to training the future of the baking industry

For Creative Edge Food owner Shane Tinker, training the industry’s up-and-coming bakers is a way for him to give back to the baking industry and future-proof his business. “Someone took time to train me and it’s a way...

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25years lindgreen

October 31st, 2016

Technology teacher builds the pathway from school to work

If you cut Corrie Lindgreen in half, you would see ‘engineer and teacher’ written right through him. Dutch born and bred, Corrie’s family immigrated to Auckland in 1959. He went into an apprenticeship with toolmaking and product design company...

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Ben Henry

October 27th, 2016

Butchery apprentice never gave up on achieving top award

Third time’s a charm for 25-year-old Ben Henry, who became Apprentice of the Year at the national final of the Competenz and Retail Meat New Zealand competition in September. Ben has been amazed at the way the competition trail...

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