Student's unpaid work leads to job

KASHKA TUNSTALL
Last updated 05:00 14/11/2012

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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

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- © Fairfax NZ News

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