Skills Highway Champion Awards 2020

The Skills Highway 2020 Champion Awards provide a wonderful to celebrate the fantastic achievements and hard work across the workplace literacy and numeracy space.

We had a record number of entries in a year that has been so challenging for employers and providers alike. The calibre of nominations was very high and it’s pleasing to see so many examples of positive change in the winning entries.

Congratulations to all the award winners, especially Van Den Brink Poultry who took out the Supreme Award.

Representatives from the Tertiary Education Commission are looking forward to visiting the winners at their workplace for a small celebration.

Here are this year’s award winners and highly commended recipients.

Champion Learner

Awarded jointly to Cameron Bloomfield (Westco Lumber) and Duane Nuku (T&G Global).

Highly commended:

•    Ernest Gotz, Ghella and Abergeldie JV
•    Jasmeen Begum, Counties Manukau Health
•    Mohammed Ahmed, Foodstuffs North Island
•    Pooja Maine, Huhtamaki

Champion Learner Group

Awarded jointly to the 'Step Up' and '4 Stars' learner groups (Van den Brink Poultry).

Highly commended:

•    Branch Out, T&G Global
•    Griffin's Wiri Be Brave 2020, The Griffin's Food Company

Champion Trainer

Awarded to Claire Whitaker (Education Unlimited).

Highly commended:

•    Felicity Cuff, Conquest Training
•    Jo Rendall, Hagley Adult Literacy Centre
•    Seema Singh, Upskills
•    Tony Burnham, Edvance

Champion Employer

Awarded to Counties Power.

Highly commended:

•    James Dunlop Textiles
•    Metro Performance Glass

Innovation Award

Awarded to Garcia Contracting.

Highly commended:

•    Desiree Gelbart, Skills4Work Limited

Supreme Champion

Awarded to Van den Brink Poultry

Van den Brink Poultry were awarded the Supreme Champion Award for 2020 as a result of their strong submissions in the Learner, Learner Group, Employer and Innovation categories.