On Tuesday 3 May, a dozen apprentice technicians gathered at Norwood’s National Training Centre in Palmerston North for their first in-person training session since Covid travel restrictions eased. Over the four-day course the attendees relished the chance to finally learn together and share knowledge, experience, and a bit of banter.
Manawatu MP Tangi Utikere visited on the Friday and joined the apprentices in getting hands-on with the latest gear.
“Thanks to the training team for their patience with me as they let me loose to test drive one of their state-of-the-art tractors!”
“Norwood is a local business that has had its National Office here in Palmy for some time. It was great to meet up with CEO Tim Myers and their latest cohort of apprentices to hear about their approach to training. They're doing a fantastic job.”
Norwood’s apprentice programme manager Len Richards was pleased with how the week went and glad that the team was finally able to meet in person.
“The training was mainly focussed on catching up the apprentices from our Northland, Auckland and Waikato dealerships who could not attend training last year due to COVID-19 travel restrictions. The week went well, there was fantastic engagement from all involved.
Good banter was had while working hard on their course content, which was focused on fundamental electrical testing and hydraulic safety.”
Doug McKeown, from Norwood Taupo, welcomed the opportunity to finally get his ‘tickets’ (trade qualifications) after years in the industry.
“I’ve had years of experience in the agricultural industry, but I’d never really thought about getting my tickets until Norwood offered me the chance. The course was a good refresher overall, but I learned some new things as well. The tutors had bags of knowledge to share, and it was great to make some new connections.”
You can find out more about Norwood’s apprenticeship programme at Norwood’s new approach to apprenticeships paying off.
The 12 apprentice technicians: Ethan Crawford (Dargaville), Bailey des Forges (Christchurch),
Kelsey Cumming (Dargaville), Doug McKeown (Taupo), Matt Coles (Manawatu), Connor Gower (Te Awamutu),
Kurtis Smith (Ngatea), Matthew Watts (Hastings), tractor step, Austin Meyer (Whangarei),
Daniel Love (North Shore), Ethan Dickinson (Manawatu), Nelson Tito (Whangarei)