TRT celebrate young talent and commitment at Apprentice of the Year awards

2 MinutesBy NZ Trucking magazineDecember 1, 2017

Kevin Chubb (far left) with winner Luke Martin (centre), and finalists Kent Morley (left) and Matthew Morgan (right).

Tidd Ross Todd Limited (TRT) recently attended the Apprentice of the Year awards at the annual Gallagher Rotary Awards Dinner, recognising excellence in industry training.

Luke Martin was named TRT‘s Apprentice of the Year 2017 and Matthew Morgan and Kent Morley were finalists. Luke is an apprentice in automotive parts and accessories merchandising and is a member of the TRT heavy commercial vehicle parts team.

Recognising TRT‘s talented team is important to the family owned company and as such the finalists were well supported by the TRT team.

“TRT currently have 17 apprentices who qualified for these awards, and it was a difficult process to select our three finalists from many very deserving entries,” says managing director, Kevin Chubb.

The finalists were selected based on a number of criteria including results achieved, quality of workmanship, and enthusiasm and commitment to their trade.

As a large New Zealand engineering company, TRT have diversified their business over many years and have developed a significant apprenticeship programme internally. Apprentices range from steel fabrication and welding, through to engineers, heavy diesel mechanics, and automotive parts.

“It‘s important to TRT and to New Zealand that we develop talent in an industry that is often experiencing shortages in talent and qualified tradespeople. TRT holds a strong family value at its core and we are looking to develop a team that is committed to the business for the long haul. That means that we will remain focused on opportunities for our people to move forward with a career at TRT by offering them more than a job,” says Chubb. “This also means investing in apprenticeship and other training programmes.”

As TRT‘s apprentice of the year, Luke Martin received a certificate, $1000 voucher from The Tool Shed, and a tool bag. Finalists Matthew Morgan and Kent Morley each received a certificate, $100 voucher, and tool bag.