New trainees join more than 2,000 marine and composites program alumni

Chris van der Hor with award

Chris van der Hor with award

The New Zealand Marine and Composites Industry Training Organisation (NZMACITO) celebrated the graduation of 72 new apprentice trainees last week during a gala celebration at the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron in Auckland.

“We’re incredibly proud of our new graduates,” said NZMACITO general manager, Chris van der Hor. “The New Zealand marine and composites sectors are known around the world for their innovation, and we know these graduates will become the future leaders who push the boundaries of what we can achieve in this industry even further.”

The NZMACITO was recently honoured at the 2018 IBI-METSTRADE Boat Builder Awards for Business Achievement, winning the best marine apprenticeship and trainee scheme category. To date, more than 2,000 students have graduated from the program, many of whom are now employed in the boatbuilding trade worldwide.

The organisation currently has 425 apprentices in training. “Our apprentice numbers are forecast to continue to grow in 2019,” said van der Hor. “Something which speaks volumes about the growth of the marine and composites industries as well as the value of on-the-job training.”

NZMAC was appointed by the New Zealand government to develop professional qualifications and set standards for the marine and composites industries. The group, which operates under the umbrella of the NZ Marine Industry Association, works with apprentices, employers and training providers to provide high quality training reflecting real world industry needs.