State insurance apprenticeship scheme

09 September 2011

State Insurance is getting behind the vehicle repair industry by providing scholarships to tradespeople who want to further their skills through the State Apprenticeship and Management Scheme.

The State apprenticeship and management training scheme has been operating for nine years during which it has supported 206 apprentices.

In 2009 State added a management training scholarship to the scheme to help tradespeople further their skills in management. State pays all fees and course-related costs for the apprentices and management trainees as they study towards a National Certificate-level qualification.

State Insurance’s executive general manager Mary-Jane Daly says: “It is important for us as an insurer to invest in the industries with which we partner. By offering these apprenticeships we’re boosting talent and creating a strong sustainable industry. Qualified and highly skilled tradespeople help us provide a better overall service for our customers,” she said.

Over the last four weeks awards evenings were held in Auckland, Hamilton, Wellington and Christchurch to celebrate the new apprentices and management trainees who have just been accepted into the scheme. The evening also recognised and celebrated the achievement of this year’s graduates from the programme.

Guests included representatives from the Motor Industry Training Organisation (MITO), sponsors, State representatives, employers from State’s Approved Repairer network, apprentices and their families.

Two people who know just how beneficial the scheme is are former graduates Andre Prinsloo of RJ Don Panelbeaters in Auckland and Drew Avery of Wakefield and Scott in Wellington who have been accepted as members of the New Zealand “Tool Blacks” team to participate in the World Skills Competition and will be heading off to London in October. State awarded them both $2500 at the awards evening to help them with their costs.

Training for automotive repairers is run by the New Zealand Motor Industry Training Organisation Inc (MITO) with tool boxes and tools proudly sponsored by Toyota, Bunnings and Wyatt Machinery Laptops for management trainees supplied by Parts Trader.

About State

State has been providing New Zealanders with an extensive range of personal and business insurance services for more than 100 years and manages over a million policies on behalf of more than 460,000 New Zealanders. State is a business division of IAG New Zealand Limited, New Zealand’s largest general insurer.