Air New Zealand Engineer Takes Top Training Award

Posted on 16/11/2011 by ATTTO Media Release 14 Nov 2011

An Air New Zealand aeronautical engineering apprentice has been recognised as ATTTO’s top aviation trainee for 2010/2011, at the inaugural ATTTO A+ Trainee and Modern Apprentice Awards.

 The awards were announced on Friday (11 November) at a celebration event in Wellington. Aviation Industry Association (AIA) Chief Executive Irene King presented Cameron with the award for AIA Aviation Trainee of the Year. She commended the determination he had shown in moving from a career as a fitter/welder into aviation, and completing his apprenticeship in just two and a half years.

Cameron was selected for the award by the AIA from a total of 20 aviation nominees. Other finalists in the aviation category were Nathan Bascand from Helicopters New Zealand (Aircraft Maintenance Engineer), Rina Raj from Air New Zealand (Flight Attendant), and AC Simon Wickett from the Royal New Zealand Air Force (Aircraft Mechanic). He was recognised alongside high achieving trainees from the tourism, travel, airports and museums sectors.

ATTTO Chief Executive (Acting) Kathy Wolfe said the finalists and winners of the 2011 A+ Awards showcased the diversity of people involved in industry training and the contributions they make to their workplaces. “These awards are a chance to recognise the individual achievements of the winners and finalists. They are also a celebration of the valuable economic role vocational education and training has to play in the success of industries and businesses,” said Kathy Wolfe. Cameron received a carved Oamaru Stone taonga and certificate from ATTTO, and a complimentary registration from AIA to their 2012 conference. The Supreme Award winner - apprentice travel agent Samantha Chambers from Auckland’s North Shore - received a $2,000 professional development scholarship.

The awards were coordinated by ATTTO (the industry training organisation for the aviation, travel, tourism and museums sectors), with support from the AIA, Tourism Industry Association (TIA), Travel Agents Association of New Zealand (TAANZ) and Museums Aotearoa. Chief Executives from each of these industry associations selected the winner of each sector award from a pool of finalists. Winners were chosen based on nomination submissions and responses to interviews with both nominees and their employers.


Cameron Greene, Air New Zealand Technical Operations trainee, and ATTTO award winner