Ngāi Tahu Tourism selects apprentice

Warena Jacobs, right, with Shotover Jet maintenance team leader Rikki Swete. Image: Supplied

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Ngāi Tahu Tourism’s marine mechanic trainee has been selected.

Warena Jacobs, from Nelson, has started his marine mechanic career at Shotover Jet in Queenstown.

The apprenticeship involves on-the-job training, guidance and support, while working towards a qualification from the NZ Marine and Composites Industry Training Organisation.

Eighteen-year-old Warena says he has always been interested in all things mechanical and tinkering with motors, so when he saw the apprenticeship he thought it would be a good opportunity to turn his hobby into a career.

As part of the application process, Warena visited Shotover Jet, got to meet the team and check out the workshop.

“It was awesome being around the twin engine motors of the jet boats,” he says. “I’m amped about the apprenticeship.”

Ngāi Tahu Tourism Chief Executive Quinton Hall says the training programme was one way to encourage more people to consider the tourism industry as a career option, particularly in the field of marine mechanics.

“It has been a challenge to recruit experienced jet boat mechanics, so it’s important for us to find ways to build this talent,” Mr Hall says.

Opening the opportunity to Ngāi Tahu people was another way that Ngāi Tahu Tourism could support the aspirations and development of the iwi, he says.

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