Waitaki celebrates graduates’ success

Published on 24 November 2021

Waitaki Industry Trained Graduates

A small crowd but big achievements as hard work recognised at the 2021 Industry Training Graduation Ceremony. 

A new cohort of Industry Trained Graduates were celebrated on Monday at a ceremony at the Oamaru Opera House. Covid restrictions meant the event was smaller than usual but the sense of achievement for the recent graduates was still big. This was a chance for those who had achieved their qualifications in the last year to dress up, go out and share their success with family, friends, employers and other graduates.

New qualifications, including Certificates in Health and Wellbeing, Cleaning, Cookery, Business, Dairy Farming and Pipelaying, will value-add to Waitaki businesses and help to grow a skilled and motivated workforce. Employer testimonies on the night showed the value placed on upskilling employees and appreciation for the hard work and dedication required to complete industry training.

Waitaki District Council’s Assets Operation Manager Joshua Rendell was the guest speaker, and he described his own journey though study and training where he recognised, “Committing to workplace training for many is not easy, it takes a lot of effort, there are a lot of late nights involved, a lot of weekends lost watching lectures, reading course material or completing assignments and there is a lot of time lost with family and friends.”

He also acknowledged the contribution of employers who were prepared to invest in training for their staff - “In return my employers had a lot of loyalty from me, I rarely said no to any requests, whether it was mentoring new staff, training others… I felt like I could work in different areas within the organisation without having to leave and I felt like I could apply for higher level jobs when they came up, because I had been invested in.”

Mayor for Waitaki Gary Kircher said “All too often, employees who study have to work extra hard to gain their qualifications as they also carry out their ‘day jobs’. In return they get a certificate or diploma in the mail – no fanfare, and sometimes without any celebration of their achievement! These ceremonies allow us to acknowledge the work they have carried out to improve their capabilities and to help grow our district. It’s a privilege for myself and for Councillors to be able to do this on behalf of our wider community.”


Back row from left: Cr Jim Hopkins, Cr Hana Halalele, Cr Jeremy Holding, Josh Rendell (Guest Speaker)
Graduates: Joe Davey, Trish Hurley, Shubham Thapa, Jomel Bartolome
Mary Jane Casitas, Debbie Muli, Leila Tango, Nimalka Rathnayaka Mudiyanselage, Cindi Phillips, Ruth Talliss
Right: Mayor Gary Kircher

Graduates not pictured: Julie Cunningham, Tracey Wyber, Mary Campbell, Ade Agustinawati, Hazel Gibbs