Southern man William Biggar has won the Southern Wood Council Apprentice of the Year award.
Biggar received the award for being the most promising apprentice employed in the forestry and wood products industry in Southland and Otago ahead of two other applicants at a function in Balclutha.
Biggar said winning the award was quite an achievement. "All the hard work paid off."
Now employed at Cable Logging Geraldine, Biggar completed his apprenticeship at Central Southland Logging in 2013.
"I would like to continue learning as much as I can."
He aspired to be a leader with in the industry, with plans to one day own his own company.
MP Michael Woodhouse presented the award. The Southern Wood Council and Competenz together ran a regional awards training programme for those employed in the lower South Island.
Competenz Otago, Central and Southland forestry manager Phil Williams said: "We have high expectations that Bill will be a future leader in our industry."
- The Southland Times
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