Apprenticeship a first in scaffolding industry

Gisborne Scaffolding’s Kimo Ngata (left) has become one of the first scaffolders in the country to take part in a new apprenticeship scheme for workers in that industry. His boss Phil Allan says it is a great opportunity for Mr Ngata, for his company and for the industry. Picture by Liam Clayton

A Gisborne scaffolding business is one of the first in the country to put a worker on a new apprenticeship scheme aimed at upskilling the workforce involved in the scaffolding industry.

Gisborne Scaffolding has taken 26-year-old Kimo Ngata into the apprenticeship scheme.

“Kimo has worked for us for eight years and now that scaffolding has been brought into the national qualifications framework, we are able to get him started on an apprenticeship,” said company director Phil Allan.

“Scaffolding has never had an apprenticeship scheme, so this is great for Kimo, great for our business and great for the industry.”

Mr Allan said Mr Ngata would spend time at the Napier EIT and other trade training facilities in either Hamilton or Wellington during his three-year apprenticeship programme.

“He will also, of course, continue his on-the-job training with us.

“We believe we are one of the first scaffolding companies in New Zealand to get an apprentice started, which is another first for Gisborne.”

Mr Ngata said it would be good to get some more experience under the scheme.

“It has been good to catch up with apprentices from other parts of the country involved in this.

“They all bring a different perspective to the job because they work in different conditions.

“So that helps me grow more experience.”

When he qualifies, Mr Ngata will have a formal scaffolding qualification.

“To get that ticket will mean I am fully qualified in everything I do with scaffolding,” he said.

“I will be able to teach other people as well and also have a lot more confidence in the job that I do myself.”

A Gisborne scaffolding business is one of the first in the country to put a worker on a new apprenticeship scheme aimed at upskilling the workforce involved in the scaffolding industry.

Gisborne Scaffolding has taken 26-year-old Kimo Ngata into the apprenticeship scheme.

“Kimo has worked for us for eight years and now that scaffolding has been brought into the national qualifications framework, we are able to get him started on an apprenticeship,” said company director Phil Allan.

“Scaffolding has never had an apprenticeship scheme, so this is great for Kimo, great for our business and great for the industry.”

Mr Allan said Mr Ngata would spend time at the Napier EIT and other trade training facilities in either Hamilton or Wellington during his three-year apprenticeship programme.

“He will also, of course, continue his on-the-job training with us.

“We believe we are one of the first scaffolding companies in New Zealand to get an apprentice started, which is another first for Gisborne.”

Mr Ngata said it would be good to get some more experience under the scheme.

“It has been good to catch up with apprentices from other parts of the country involved in this.

“They all bring a different perspective to the job because they work in different conditions.

“So that helps me grow more experience.”

When he qualifies, Mr Ngata will have a formal scaffolding qualification.

“To get that ticket will mean I am fully qualified in everything I do with scaffolding,” he said.

“I will be able to teach other people as well and also have a lot more confidence in the job that I do myself.”

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