Industry Training Graduations

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MTFJ has a goal to elevate the status of trades and service careers. These careers are accessible to young people and provide an 'earn-and'learn' pathway. Trade careers are of particular interest as New Zealand currently has a shortage of tradespeople and a boom in several associated industries.

MTFJ runs Industry Training Graduations to recognise the achievements of recent graduates and provide an opportunity for the trainees and apprentices to celebrate with their families, friends and employers.

Graduation ceremonies are attended by graduates who have recently completed a National Certificate qualification with an Industry Training Organisation (ITO), the local Mayor and Councillors, and the ITOs themselves.

The graduations are a time for celebration as well as thanks to local employers for their ongoing commitment to youth and training.

As of 2019, ITO Graduations will place in two "runs" - a May run and a November run. 

Most graduations take place in November.  

In November 2018, over a dozen Councils hosted an Industry Training Graduation.

In May 2019 - the following Councils are looking to host a ceremony (more to be confirmed)


Council Date of Ceremony Location
Gisborne District Council  31/5/2019 Council Chambers
Tasman District Council 15/11/2019 TBC
Waitaki District Council  18/11/2019 Oamaru Opera House
Clutha District Council  7/11/2019 TBC
Wairarapa District Council  13/11/2019 TBC
Timaru District Council  7/11/2019 Timaru District Council Chambers 
Stratford District Council 7/11/2019  TBC
Thames Coromandel District Council  14/11/2019 Thames War Memorial Civic Centre Conference Room


Note that more Councils may later confirm a ceremony - check back here regularly. 

Each Council has different criteria to be eligible to graduate, so get in touch with MTFJ if you are unsure.

Invitations will follow to those eligible in the weeks before each ceremony - if you think you have missed out then let us know!

If you have any questions relating to ITO graduations please get in touch with MTFJ Taskforce Coordinator Noa Woolloff