Apprentices give Playcentres a helping hand
03 October 2012
Eight apprentices from Unitec’s Applied Technology Department recently took part in building four play houses which were donated to the Playcentre Association.
As playcentres are not government-funded, Unitec chose to donate the houses as charity to playcentres which needed them most. “Giving to people who really needed it was something that we could help out with,” says Joe Hede, Manager Unitec Training Apprenticeship Trust.
The Unitec Apprenticeship Training Trust offers Certificate in Applied Technology (Carpentry) and Diploma in Applied Technology (Building) give students the opportunity to apply for a Unitec Training Trust Apprenticeship. The Trust takes part in the annual challenge called the Certified Builders ITaB Apprenticeship Challenge which goes in search of the top Apprentice Carpenter of the year throughout the country.
The Trust focuses on the skills and abilities of each apprentice, advises them of what is expected of them in the workplace and helps them to discover what they can achieve in the ever-growing industry of Carpentry and Building.
This project plays a significant part each year in helping students to gain the relevant experience to be successful in industry. Through their involvement, students begin to recognise their strengths and skills and can see the benefits and challenges of gaining the theoretical knowledge which goes hand in hand with the practical aspect.
With the help and support of Unitec’s Apprenticeship Training Trust, students can be motivated to aim for external recognition within the industry, build on self-promotion, and aim to stand out in the crowd in achieving the highest quality training and expertise.
“We need to promote the Trust, focus on apprenticeship development, provide full support to students and recognise the need for women in the industry,” says Joe.
Unitec has had a good running with the Certified Builders ITaB Apprenticeship Challenge, in which it won first place in 2010, and came second in 2011. As it is a successful annual challenge, the Trust further intends to create something new and innovative for Kindergartens around the Auckland Region during the course of next year.
A strong partnership has been built between Unitec, ITM and ITab, in which all materials needed for building the play-houses were donated by ITM, most of the project funded by ITaB, and the premises provided by Unitec.
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