NZ marine training gets top marks

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NZ Marine's Peter Busfield (right) receives the award in Amsterdam from Boat Builder Awards presenters Ed Slack and Nick Hopkinson.
NZ Marine's Peter Busfield (right) receives the award in Amsterdam from Boat Builder Awards presenters Ed Slack and Nick Hopkinson.

NZ apprenticeship program named as top training scheme in Boat Builder Awards.

The NZ Marine and Composites Industry Training Organisation (NZMACITO) was named the best apprenticeship training program in the world at the recent Boat Builder Awards held during the METSTRADE exhibition.

NZMACITO won in the Best Apprenticeship or Training Scheme category of the awards against four other entries from around the world. NZ Marine executive director, Peter Busfield was on hand in Amsterdam to collect the award.

“This win is a huge positive for us with large international companies now enquiring of the option to be licensed to use some of our apprenticeship training programs,” said Busfield.

“This award acts as recognition to the many New Zealand employers who contributed to the writing of the apprenticeship program, and to the more than 200 employers who have 450 apprentices in the NZMACITO program between them.”

The NZMACITO is part of the NZ Marine Industry Association and was set up in order to assist apprentices in learning practical, transferable skills. It was appointed by the New Zealand government to develop professional qualifications and set standards for the marine and composites industries, working with apprentices, employers and training providers to ensure high quality training.

“This prestigious award supports our vision in creating a world-class apprenticeship model through design and delivery, from a passionate and dedicated group of people,” said NZMACITO’s general manager, Chris van der Hor.

“We’re always looking to see how we can make the experience and outcomes better for our apprentices and employers, so we are already embarking on future developments in 2019.

“The real satisfaction lies in supporting our businesses to grow and watching our apprentices gain the skills and knowledge to lead successful lives.”

Groupe Beneteau’s Annette Roux received the Lifetime Achievement Award.
Groupe Beneteau’s Annette Roux received the Lifetime Achievement Award.

There have been over 2000 graduates of the program, many of whom are now running boat building or marine service companies around the world.

The award’s night also saw the presentation of the Lifetime Achievement Award to Groupe Beneteau’s Annette Roux in recognition of her five decades of leadership and service to Groupe Beneteau and to the wider marine industry.

The full list of winners and honourable mentions is:

Retail marketing initiative
Winner: Princess Yachts
Honourable mention: Brunswick Marine EMEA, Groupe Beneteau

International distributor or dealer development
Winner: Brig
Honourable mention: Sea Ray

Collaborative solution between a production boat builder and its supply chain partner
Joint winners: Hanse Group working with Lewmar, Prestige Yachts working with Lewmar, Sunseeker International working with Lewmar
Honourable mention: Axopar Boats working with Brabus, Solaris Yachts working with Sailectron

Collaborative solution between a superyacht builder and its supply chain partner
Winner: Ferretti working with Francesco Paszkowski Design Studio and Mecaer Aviation Group
Honourable mention: Benetti working with Naiad Dynamics

Innovative onboard design solution
Winner: Galeon
Honourable mention: Mastercraft Boat Co

Innovation in a Production Process
Winner: Absolute Yachts

Environmental initiative
Winner: Amer Yachts
Honourable mention: Discovery Yachts

Best Apprenticeship or Training Scheme
Winner: NZ Marine and Composites Industry Training Organisation
Honourable mention: Princess Yachts

Rising Star
Dan Bloice-Smith, Williams Jet Tenders

Lifetime Achievement
Annette Roux, Groupe Beneteau

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