TradeQual Southland hosts an annual graduation dinner and presentation evening to acknowledge the efforts and contribution of the trades industry, including:

  • the achievement of newly qualified trades people
  • employer’s contributions towards ‘on the job’ training
  • relevant Industry Trade Training organisation
  • the value of the trades for the regional economy

Held October/November each year, TradeQual is an evening of celebration and includes an official dinner with Guest Speaker. TradeQual is designed to up-market the ‘trades’ for professional career options and help present the area of trades with a deserving higher public perception.

During the evening, a certificate is presented on behalf of the business community by the three Mayors of Southland and the President of the Chamber of Commerce to all the graduates that attend the event.

To be eligible, graduates must:

  • have graduated within the year of presentation with a NZQA level 4 qualification or deemed equivalent
  • be currently working with a domiciled Southland employer
  • be associated to the building, construction, infrastructural or their supportive trades or other additional trades as determined by the Southland Chamber of Commerce

Dave McKissock and the team at Southern Directionz assist with the co-ordination of this event.

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14 November 2014

Southland Celebrates Trade Graduate’s Success

Southland Chamber of Commerce

The success of Southland trade graduates was celebrated at the Trade Qualification 2014 Recognition Dinner at Ascot Park Hotel Complex on Thursday 13 November, with 68 graduates presented with certificates recognising their achievement.

With more than 320 people attending the dinner, the Southland Chamber of Commerce CEO Sarah Hannan was delighted at the support the Southland community gave to trade graduates. “The success of the trade graduates would not be possible without the support of the employers, industry training organisations and training providers. To see the graduates in employment within the region is a positive result of the graduate’s hard work and industry support”.

The three mayors from the Southland region - Mayor Tracy Hicks, Mayor Gary Tong and Mayor Tim Shadbolt presented graduates from their respective region with a recognition certificate. Mayor Tracy Hicks commented “TradeQual is a wonderful opportunity to recognise and celebrate the achievements of those who have been successful in attaining qualification in their chosen field of endeavour. Endeavours which are particularly attuned to the “Trades”. The depth and breadth of subjects this year’s graduates achieved in was simply stunning and gives me great confidence for the future of the South”.

A highlight of the night for many was guest speaker for the evening, former racing car driver and four times Bathurst winner, Greg Murphy. He spoke of his journey of success as a professional racing car driver and the highs and lows of his career.

The Chamber of Commerce thanks sponsors NZCU South, Invercargill Licensing Trust, Southern Institute of Technology, Community Trust of Southland, Southland Manufacturers Trust, The Southland Times, PowerNet, Alliance Group, NZAS, Venture Southland, EIS and Southern Directionz for their support in making the night a success.