Whangarei scaffolder named trainee of the year in industry
A decision to give scaffolding a go has worked out well for Kurt Douglas.
The Whangarei man has been awarded NZ trainee scaffolder of the year at the Scaffolding, Access and Rigging NZ conference and awards dinner.
The 26-year-old says he was quite surprised when he found out he had won.
"I didn't think I'd get it to be honest but it's nice to be recognised. I must have done something right during my training and since working."
Douglas says it started in 2012 after "a few years of doing nothing".
"It was one of those jobs that seemed to be around so I thought I'd give it a go and I really enjoyed it."
He did a pre-trade course at NorthTec and then rang around companies looking for on-site experience.
Northland Scaffolding took him on, firstly as a labourer and eventually picked him up full time.
He has spent the past three years completing his National Certificate in Scaffolding at Elementary, Intermediate and Advanced levels through Tai Poutini Polytechnic.
Douglas' tutor Don Stewart and his boss Chris Douglas (no relation) nominated him for the award.
"While studying the national certificate this year, Kurt became a father, but showed great commitment to his learning and, although excited at becoming a dad, was not distracted in gaining the certificate," Stewart says.