Pukekohe’s Will Wara has recently been awarded BCITO Apprentice of the Year for 2017 and has only been working in the pre-cast concrete industry for three years.
Pukekohe’s Will named Apprentice of the Year
Will, a foreman at Formstress Precast Waiuku, is the first pre-cast concrete manufacturer to get the award, as its usually the building industry that gets it.
This annual award receives many applicants from all over the country and incorporates most trades.
Will applied for this award a couple of weeks ago and “never thought too much of it until he got that good phone call.” He said he is “proud of where he’s come from in a short space of time.”
Will has only been working at Formstress Precast for three years and came into this trade knowing nothing. He has progressed quickly and has been foreman for the last nine months, now overseeing about 60 workers.
Will says he has a lot more to learn about the industry. He has asked for a list of things to improve on so he can continue to develop his skills. He is currently doing his Level 3 BCITO Apprentice and aims to do his Level 4 BCITO Apprentice.
There are also many others in the business that have ten years plus experience and he is grateful that he rely on them for help. Will really enjoys teaching others and encouraging them to grow their personal and leadership skills.
A typical day for him consists of hefty hours. He has a morning meeting at about 7:30 to run through the day, followed by a meeting with the other seven leaders. This is repeated in the afternoon.
He has changed the system slightly to be more organised. A lot of the people that come to work at Formstress Precast have left school at a young age and can now be a leader at a young age, which opens many doors for them in their future pathways.
As workmates, the team now does more team based activities to get more people involved and working together.
Will knows that “if people come into Formstress Precast at 17 or 18 years, by the time they are 20 they can have qualifications and have learnt so much,” as he has proved in getting this award.
Greg, manager at Formstress Concrete, says the leadership programme the company has “really makes the guys better people, better workers, better fathers and brothers. As a company we push this training as an option.”
Greg said, “a foreman applied for this award last year and got highly recommended and so we sent through another application this year and won it so that was really cool!”
Story by Jessica Paton