Skills Highway Champion Awards 2021

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

In what has been a challenging year for employers, providers and learners alike, it has been inspiring to see so many examples of positive change in this year’s winning entries.

Solo Plastics took out the Supreme Award. The judges were especially impressed with Solo’s vision to ‘create a learning culture’.

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

Congratulations to this year’s award winners and highly commended recipients!

Skills Highway Supreme Award

Winner: Solo Plastics

Skills Highway Champion Learner Award

Winner: Duane Noy, Ghella Abergeldie Joint Venture (GAJV)

Highly commended: Pauline Merriman, KLC Ltd

Skills Highway Champion Learner Group Award

Winner: NZ Comfort Group: New Zealand Certificate in Business (Introduction to Team Leadership) Level 3 – Christchurch site

  • Jafar Ibrahimi
  • Jigar Sanghavi
  • Joseph Hamilton
  • Manor Naidu
  • Thomas Hargraves

Highly commended:

Branch Out Ohaupō: T & G Fresh

  • Lavinia Brown 
  • Donavin Steve Robinson
  • Marife Villaranda
  • Faleolo Ta’ala
  • Dahampriya Balasooriya

NZ Comfort Group: New Zealand Certificate in Business (Introduction to Team Leadership) Level 3 – Avondale site

  • Farook Ali
  • Patrick Wongchiu
  • Salamat Ali Mohamed Husen
  • Shailesh Achariya
  • Sharina Shareef
  • Mohammed Shareef
  • Sher Siraz Ali
  • Jaimin Thakar
  • Sefulu Tauamo

Skills Highway Champion Trainer Award

Winner: Melissa Hori, Upskills

Highly commended:

  • Desiree Gelbart, Skills 4 Work
  • Filipo Levi, The Learning Wave

Skills Highway Champion Employer Award

Winner: Solo Plastics

Highly commended: Buckley Systems Limited

Skills Highway Innovation Award

Winner: Veolia, the Learning Way

Highly commended: 

  • Alison Twaddle, Aspire2 Business | Workplace Communications
  • Kia Maia Rotorua, Higgins