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November 29th, 2012

Celebrating training success

Every year several thousand skilled kiwis graduate from industry training without receiving the recognition they deserve for their achievements. Gaining a Level 4 our higher certificate is the equivalent of a university degree – with both taking 4 years of dedication and focus to complete. That’s why, as a celebration of this hard work, industry training organisation Competenz is due to publish and distribute a ‘Roll of Honour’ handbook in January. The handbook acknowledges over 500 graduates who received their certificates in Level 4 or higher qualifications in 2012 within the engineering, manufacturing, baking, maritime and food and beverage manufacturing sectors that Competenz works with. But it’s not just the graduates who are owed recognition. Employers should be equally celebrated, as without their support for on-job training and their investment in lifting transferable skill levels throughout New Zealand, we would not have any graduates to celebrate. “All our graduates should be extremely proud, including our nearly 50 graduates who have completed qualifications in Baking. The skills they have gained from their training will stand them in good stead for their futures,” says John Blakey, Competenz CEO. “With current and looming skill shortages, there has never been a more crucial time to be skilled in New Zealand, and their career prospects should look bright.” Competenz annual alumni magazine – ‘The Guild’ – will also be published alongside the handbook. The magazine features inspirational profiles from ten 2012 graduates, each with a different story on what inspired them to train. “Learning is lifelong and we look forward to following the progress of our graduates,” says John. “Hopefully we see them enrolling in even higher level training in the near future – their skills are an asset for New Zealand’s economy.”