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Selwyn Times: October 18, 2016

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34 Tuesday October 18 2016 SELWYN TIMES Your land. Your people. Your stories. Every Wednesday at 7.30pm on CTV Freeview Channel 40 live and on demand at ctv.co.nz Brought to you by

SELWYN TIMES Tuesday October 18 2016 35 ACHIEVERS CONTINUING EDUCATION TOP SERVICE: Privates Kimberly De Schot and Nicholas Todd won a gold medal at the WorldSkills New Zealand competition in Hamilton. PHOTO: KELLY COMINS Soldiers in the kitchen • By Tom Doudney COOKING and restaurant service skills have earned two Burnham-based soldiers gold medals in the WorldSkills New Zealand competition. Private Nicholas Todd and Private Kimberly De Schot were among 67 entrants from around the country to showcase their skills at the Waikato Institute of Technology in Hamilton. They have also been selected for the Tool Blacks, New Zealand’s representative team for the WorldSkills Oceania Competition in Melbourne early next year, and later for the 2017 WorldSkills International Competition in Abu Dhabi. The competition in Hamilton covered 14 industry categories, including building and construction, manufacturing and engineering, creative arts and fashion and social and personal services. Each competitor completed a specific project over two days, replicating problems and tasks that they would encounter in their daily jobs. Private Todd worked in a restaurant before joining the army as a chef. He cooks for officers every NEW LOCATION ADVERT.pdf 1 1/05/2014 11:51:35 a.m. day at Burnham Military Camp and said he believed his time in the military had been good preparation when it came to performing under pressure. “Especially with our training, they are quite hard on us,” he said. Private De Schot, who serves as a steward in the army, had competed in a number of army competitions before. She said winning at the national level had been a surprise and a good experience. “Putting in the effort and winning was just a bonus and it goes to show that hard work and training does pay off,” she said. Pasifika Trades Training leads to new career for Charity Receiving a Pasifika Trades Training scholarship has been a game-changer for Charity Ierome. After completing a 12- week Essential Civil Skills course at Ara Institute of Canterbury for free, she now has a clear career path and a new outlook. “The biggest thing it’s done for me is build up my confidence. Before I felt like nobody and now I know that I can achieve and what I want to do in the future,” she says. Charity used to work in the butchery at Pak n Save, but knew it wasn’t what she wanted to do long-term. Her Dad found out about the Pasifika Trades Training scholarship through Reverend Fitifiti Lautua, a mentor for the programme. With so many opportunities in Canterbury, Charity says that trades training was a good career move and it made financial sense. “It was a chance for me to do something for myself and make a better living for my family. My Nana was my inspiration. I wanted to make sure she was well looked after back in Samoa,” she says. Studying for 12 weeks full-time was a big commitment for Charity, who also continued to work full-time. However, the backing of her tutor and classmates helped her to succeed. “My tutor had experienced the kind of difference that a qualification can make in your life and he was a real role model. My class became my second family,” she says. The course was exactly what Charity needed to get into the industry. It included the core practical skills and certifications that employers look for, and provided support to enter the workforce. “The most valuable thing I learned was how to get work-ready. I was taught how to approach an interview and what to put in my CV. We also had potential employers come to talk to us,” she says. Just two weeks after completing her qualification, Charity was offered a job at City Care. She is now a Traffic Management Site Supervisor, wants to work towards a degree and has her sights set on a management role. “It’s like I’m on a totally different planet now. Studying has changed who I am and it has changed my family’s future,” she says. VISIT OUR NEW LOCATION LOCATION 430 ST ASAPH STREET! RECOVER YOUR LOVED FURNITURE No job too big or small Hours of Business: 7am-4.30pm Mon-Thurs Fri 8am to midday or by appointment with Keith 027 566 3909 Still able to offer you the finest top quality new furniture Visit us online www.qualityfurniture.co.nz P. 371 7500 QUALITY FURNITURE SPECIALISTS RE - UPHOLSTERY SPECIALISTS KEITH HARTSHORNE 0275 663 909 HEAT PUMP SALE NOW ON! Amazin’ spring Specials!! • We will offer you the best quality brands and option of heat pump for your home/business • Providing Heat Pump solutions for over 14 years to Cantabrians • We personally guarantee all our products & installs for 5 years (providing annual maintenance has been completed) Phone us today for your free consultation & quote 41A SHAKESPEARE RD, WALTHAM PHONE 03 366 0525 www.enviromaster.co.nz “A local team for local people”