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|
|Marlborough District Council||31/10/2019||ASB Theatre|
|Tasman District Council and Nelson City Council (joint)||15/11/2019||Saxton Oval|
|Waitaki District Council||18/11/2019||Oamaru Opera House|
|Clutha District Council||7/11/2019||TBC|
|Wairarapa District Council, Masterton District Council and South Wairarapa District Council (joint)||13/11/2019||TBC|
|Timaru District Council and Waimate District Council (joint)||7/11/2019||Timaru District Council Chambers|
|Stratford District Council||7/11/2019||Timaru District Council Chambers|
|Thames Coromandel District Council and Hauraki District Council (joint)||14/11/2019||Thames War Memorial Civic Centre Conference Room|
|Westland District Council||27/11/2019||RSA Building, 22 Weld St|
|Otorohanga District Council and Waitomo District Council (joint)||7/11/2019||TBC|
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