It’s official – the apprenticeship programme run by our marine industry training organisation is the best in the world.
NZ Marine and Composites Industry Training Organisation (NZMACITO) won the category for Best Apprenticeship or Training Scheme at the Boat Builder Awards held in Amsterdam in mid-November. The Boat Builder Awards are among the global marine industry’s leading awards.
Industry Training Organisation setting the standards
NZMAC ITO develops qualifications and sets standards for the marine and composites industries. The ITO works with apprentices, training providers and importantly, with employers to ensure high quality training. Employers help to design courses meaning grads get right into relevant work, both in New Zealand and overseas.
Right now the ITO is managing the training of 450 apprentices in the marine and composite industries. Over 2000 graduates have come from the programme and they are working is as varied fields as commercial vessels, super yachts, fishing and trailer boats, and the refitting and maintenance of boats of all shapes and sizes.
What are composites?
Composites are made from two or more materials with significantly different physical or chemical properties that, when combined, produce a material with characteristics different from the individual components. They may typically be lighter, smaller, harder, bendier, more water resistant. The individual components remain separate and distinct within the finished structure.
Common examples of composites are reinforced plastics, such as fibre-reinforced polymer or fiberglass, ceramic matrix composites (made of ceramic and metal), metal matrix composites and other advanced composite materials. Many are now being produced for 3D printers.
Composite materials are generally used for buildings, bridges, and structures such as boat hulls, swimming pool panels, racing car bodies, shower stalls, bathtubs, storage tanks, imitation granite and cultured marblesinks and countertops. The most advanced examples are built into spacecraft and aircraft in demanding environments.
Be a vital part of the future
Composites are the materials of the future. There are currently around 8000 people in New Zealand working in the boat building and composites industry. You can join them through NZMAC’s world recognised training pathways.