Since 2015 the award has been co-ordinated by Competenz, the industry training organisation which represents 36 industries. Inia was nominated by his Competenz Training Advisor Allen Bryce who says Inia’s attitude is what impresses him most.
“He’s just an all-round excellent guy, hard working and reliable, and the skills of the maintenance trade have become a passion for him. He’s married with three kids so has had to juggle family life, the job and studying at the same time, but rather than use those demands as an excuse not to succeed, he’s just got on with it, with enthusiasm and motivation.”
Maintenance Team Leader at Hautapu Ray Jackson says Inia’s thirst for knowledge and willingness to learn is what sets him apart.
“From knowing nothing at the start, what he has achieved in the four years he’s been with us is incredible. He’s a very quick learner and has a drive to find a better way of doing things. Instead of being content with fixing a problem or a piece of equipment, he wants to find a way to make it better than it was so the problem doesn’t happen again.”
Inia is not the only Fonterra apprentice to be recognised recently with Whareroa apprentices dominating the 2019 Taranaki Engineering Consortium (ETC) awards.
ETC consists of 14 Taranaki businesses who work together to position Taranaki as a centre of engineering innovation and excellence, and the awards showcase Taranaki’s engineering, refrigeration and electrical industries.