The 2017 Got A Trade? Got It Made! Industry Training Awards, held at Parliament last night, showcased inspiring young people driven to make a big difference in their industry. Fifty of New Zealand's best and brightest young trainees and apprentices gathered in Wellington to rub shoulders and receive honours at this year's awards.
“These incredibly impressive young people are some of New Zealand's future business leaders, and we are in good stead,” says Industry Training Federation Chief Executive Josh Williams. “Got a Trade! promotes the massive range of job opportunities that offer the chance to 'earn and learn' and launch successful careers. We congratulate last night's winners for the significant mark they make in their work and study, and we celebrate 148,000 apprentices and industry trainees gaining critical skills and qualifications in over 140 trades and services.”
Air New Zealand Customer Service Agent, Jahmaine Cummings-Hodge, received the Māori Community Impact Award. Jahmaine enriches and integrates community and cultural elements at work, promoting Te Reo and Māori tourism for local, national and international audiences. Jahmaine has taken Kapa Haka teams to national and international competitions and performing arts festivals. He is a proud recipient of Air New Zealand’s ‘Tohu Reo’, which acknowledges Jahmaine’s strong Te Reo advocacy. After completing his ServiceIQ Tourism Management Diploma and Certificate in Business, Jahmaine made a quick transition to assisting management and frontline staff at Air New Zealand.
The inaugural Got A Trade! School of the Year Award was presented to Kawakawa-based Bay of Islands College. “For the School of the Year, judges were looking for schools that support their students to move successfully into employment by offering real-world curriculum options, and improving the perception of trades and services,” says Mr Williams. “The 350 students at Bay of Islands College have access to vocational pathways and digital and distance learning options, which deliver relevant and community-linked learning. The school is involved in trades academies; students are achieving industry and employability credits through work experience programmes such as Gateway; and NCEA qualifications are being achieved with Vocational Pathways endorsements.”
“Twenty-three secondary schools across New Zealand were nominated for this award and we are thrilled to send it up to the stunning Bay of Islands, where a small school in Kawakawa is doing some equally stunning stuff.”
Got A Trade! Māori Community Impact winner:
Jahmaine Cummings-Hodge, Customer Service Agent, Air New Zealand
Jahmaine holds a diploma in tourism management, and the NZ Certificate in Business (First Line Management). He successfully completed the Air New Zealand Emerging Leaders and Elite Leadership Programme, through ServiceIQ. He is now assisting with the management of these programmes helping Air New Zealand front line staff in preparation for leadership roles within the company.
He manages Kapa Haka conference performances and ran a tutoring company to teach Kapa Haka within the community and at various schools in Queenstown and Christchurch.
He has managed annual performing arts competitions in Queenstown for the last four years, and taken Kapa Haka teams to national and international performing arts festivals including regional and national competitions as well as international competitions/Festivals in Hawaii, Sydney and France. He is a proud recipient of Air New Zealand’s ‘Tohu Reo’, which acknowledges Māori speaking staff members within Air New Zealand, and is a strong advocate for Te Reo Māori within the company as a Māori ambassador.
In 2016, Jahmaine received the Air New Zealand ICON award which is a recognition award, which highlights the work ethic and achievements of 12 of the 11000 employees within the company.
Got A Trade! Secondary School of the Year winner:
Bay of Islands College
This award recognises a New Zealand high school that is showing commitment to providing a broad range of practical pathways to students, focussed on industry and employment.
Based in Kawakawa, with a roll of 350, Bay of Islands College recently received a glowing ERO report, noting its use of vocational pathways, digital and distance learning to deliver relevant and community-linked curriculum options to its young people. Parent and whanau voice informs the programmes offered by the school. The school is involved in trades academies; students are achieving industry and employability credits through programmes such as Gateway; and NCEA qualifications are gaining Vocational Pathways endorsements, which means learners are putting together NCEA qualifications with credits that are recommended for industries, and that include foundation-level industry skills.
As well as looking at the curriculum and pathway options being offered by the schools, the ITOs and Got a Trade judges were looking for schools that are improving the perceptions of the trades and services industries as first choice options for students, and showing focus and commitment to supporting their students to make successful transitions to employment.