Andy Champion Resized

February 14th, 2017

Welding apprentice going for gold in Abu Dhabi

Nothing can stop 19-year-old welding apprentice Andrew Champion from smashing his career goals, and 2017 is certainly going down as a monumental year. Andrew has been selected as part of the Tool Blacks team and is now on...

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Molloy Furniture web

December 20th, 2016

Auckland furniture maker’s dedication to training the future of the industry

Over 40 years ago when Vince Molloy opened his furniture making business Molloy Furniture, the Auckland-based business owner has had over 20 apprentices enter his doors and leave as qualified furniture makers. “I brought on apprentices early on in...

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Winner of Stuart Tolhurst

December 19th, 2016

Taranaki apprentice wins top engineering award

For 21-year-old mechanical engineering apprentice Jamie Noakes, winning the Competenz Stuart Tolhurst Apprentice Trophy at this year's 2016 SKF National Maintenance Engineering Conference (NMEC) in Hamilton was a huge surprise. “I was overwhelmed; I didn’t think I would win. It...

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Wholly Cow Pat Luke

December 16th, 2016

Butchery apprenticeship is the beginning of a lifelong career for Cambridge student

For 16-year-old Luke Andrews, wanting to be a butcher started when he was young. Around four years ago his parents brought Export Meats in Cambridge – now known as Wholly Cow – which cemented his passion for the...

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December 13th, 2016

Global manufacturing business keeps ahead of the game

From its humble beginnings in the late eighties to now an international company, Napier-based food display cabinetmaking company Food Products Group (FPG) have come a long way since owner Robert Darroch started the business in his garage. FPG are...

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November 22nd, 2016

Your workforce development needs get a listening ear

Have you heard about SAGs and what they can do for you? The Competenz Sector Advisory Group (SAG) was reinvigorated just over a year ago. Today it’s providing a direct channel for feedback in the ever-evolving area of...

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Business admin forestry

November 18th, 2016

New forestry products

*Available now*   *National Certificate in Business (Business Administration), Level 3* The aim of this programme is to enhance business and administration skills by providing a suite of tools and techniques to streamline and improve business operations. Join a network of business...

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Hayden means business

November 17th, 2016

From apprentice to business owner

“My apprenticeship took me way beyond learning how to do the basic ‘pipework’ in this job. But running your own team of guys, running the whole show? That’s completely different from doing it yourself.” Aucklander Hayden Watt finished his...

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toolbox challenge

November 11th, 2016

Inter-school ‘Toolbox Challenge’ finding budding engineers and furniture makers

The results are in for the inter-school competition ‘Toolbox Challenge’. The top prize in the engineering section went to Rangitoto College student James Thompson. Blue Mountain College student Tom Hancox took out the furniture section, as well as the People’s...

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colmar brunton story

November 8th, 2016

Schools say “one size doesn’t fit all” and Competenz listens

The Competenz Careers team work collaboratively with over 200 schools to help student’s kickstart their careers in the trades industries. We embarked on a research project, in partnership with market research agency Colmar Brunton, to find out from schools...

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