Built environment awards celebrate top students

8 December 2016

Built environment awards celebrate top students

NorthTec’s top “built environment” and engineering students were celebrated at an annual industry awards ceremony held in Whangarei.

The New Zealand Industry of Building (NZIOB) and NorthTec Excellence Awards evening was held at Love Mussel restaurant at the town basin, and attended by students, their whānau, tutors and industry representatives.

The event, a collaboration between NorthTec and the Northland branch of the NZIOB, represented by Whangarei construction company Griffiths and Associates, was the fourteenth annual ceremony at which trades students are celebrated.

Prizes were awarded to the top students in architectural technology, carpentry, electrical engineering and civil engineering. There is also an award for the best Industry Training Association Building (ITAB) apprentice.

The prize for architectural technology went to Paul Franklin, who is halfway through a diploma in the subject at NorthTec, and has shown exceptional promise.

Matthew Smith, a graduate from the Certificate in Carpentry programme, won the Carpentry Pre-Trade award, while Kevin Small took home the Electrical Engineering Award after completing a level 3 certificate.

Diploma student Tania Tipene was the first recipient of a new excellence award, being named the best student in Civil Engineering.

Eighteen-year-old Daniel Potter, a carpentry level 4 graduate, was the ITAB Apprentice of the year.

At the event, NZIOB Chief Executive, Malcolm Fleming, signed a new, seven-year Memorandum of Understanding with NorthTec, committing the organisation to providing continuing support to NorthTec students. Graham Smith, Acting Director of Trades and Primary Industries, signed on behalf of NorthTec.

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