Student's unpaid work leads to job
An 18-year-old tertiary student has had his career in the trades cemented after winning the prestigious Colin Reese Memorial Scholarship from CF Reese Plumbing at the Gallagher Industry Awards.
Patrick Smith, a Waikato Institute of Technology student, has been doing unpaid work for the plumbing company for 10 months. He started with one day a week, increasing to two days as part of the requirement to complete a plumbing pre-trade certificate at Wintec.
The memorial scholarship gives Smith a plumbing, gas fitting and drainlaying apprenticeship with CF Reese. All his training fees have been covered by Masterlink. He also won a starter set of tools worth $1000.
Other Gallagher Industry Award winners:
Tilda Ross Todd Apprentice of the Year: Raetea Robinson
Foster Construction Apprentice of the Year: Aaron Alderton
Convex Plastic Apprenticeship Kickstart Award: Brad Jordan
Convex Plastic Achievement Award: Gurpreet Singh
Stafford Engineering Trainee of the Year: Lonny Smets
Success Personnel Infrastructure Works Level 2 Award: Michael Pio