Apprentice of the Year to Southland

Date:29/09/2008 12:00:00 a.m.

Gore Modern Apprentice, Shannon Black, has been named the New Zealand 2008 Bricklaying Apprentice of the Year at the annual Brick and Blocklayers Federation of New Zealand conference held in Tauranga last weekend. 


Mr Black won the title over apprentices from throughout New Zealand and his employer, Southern Group Training Trust, is delighted with the news.  General Manager, Glenys McKenzie, said it was an awesome achievement and well deserved.  Shannon is a brilliant apprentice who has excelled consistently throughout his apprenticeship in both the theory and practical components of his qualification. This accolade gives recognition to a young man with a great future in front of him.”


“Credit must also go to his host company supervisor, Adrian van Uden, who has done a marvellous job in providing Shannon with his practical on job training.  Both are to be commended.” said Miss McKenzie.


At a time when New Zealand is in the grip of a national skills shortage across the trades it is heartening that Southland is able to more than hold its own with regard to the skills training it provides young trades people.


This is the second time that a Southland apprentice has been awarded the ‘Silver Trowel’ as New Zealand Bricklaying Apprentice of the Year.  Current president of the Brick and Blocklayers Association Southland, Brendan Kerr, was the first Southland recipient.