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Recognising the engineering stars of the future

In late 2019, the best and brightest engineering apprentices in the region came together to celebrate their successes at the 2019 Engineering Taranaki Consortium (ETC) Apprenticeship Awards – an evening that saw one of the largest fields of applicants the judges had seen in the awards’ 15-year history.

The Apprentice of the Year was chosen from the 14 main category winners of mechanical engineering, engineering fabrication, refrigeration and air conditioning, electrical industrial, domestic/commercial and instrumentation, with Joel Campbell from Fonterra Whareroa taking out the top spot.

Three of Todd Energy’s own apprentices were also named category winners on the night, with Jordan Young receiving the Mechanical Junior award, Liam Bernet receiving the Instrumentation Junior award, and Hamish Andrews receiving the Instrumentation Innovation award.

Todd Energy’s three winning apprentices, from left: Liam, Jordan, and Hamish.

“As Taranaki transitions into the future, our trades people will continue to be more crucial than ever and an important constant through a period of significant change,” says ETC Chairman, Paul Minchin.

Todd Energy’s GM People & Community, Jane Snowden, says Todd is proud to have supported the Awards for the last three years.

“At Todd, we have a commitment to inspiring careers in science, engineering and trades across the natural gas and electricity industry. We know how important it is to have organisations who willingly invest in, grow and develop the talent of our future workforce, and that is why we’re so proud to be the supreme sponsors of the ETC Apprenticeship Awards.”