IFAI appoints new OFPANZ executive officer

IFAI is pleased to announce the new Executive Officer for the Outdoor Fabric Products Association, IFAI’s New Zealand country sector. Danicia Manning replaces MITO Chief Executive Janet Lane due to her increased responsibilities following the merger of the Tranzqual ITO with MITO.

Danicia’s communication, event planning, project management and computer skills in addition to her warm, friendly demeanor make her the perfect fit for the role.

As the Executive Officer, Danicia will assist with the annual OFPANZ conference and trade show, maintain communications with members, focus on recruiting new members, and coordinate the activities of the MITO apprenticeship program. She will work closely with IFAI to help, which will provide additional support functions to help her be successful.

Danicia recently had a son Lathan who is four months old, and he joins his big brother Cayden, aged six. She will be working out of her home office in Rolleston, Christchurch where she lives with her husband Glenn.

MITO apprentices win national competition

For two MITO apprentices, the word "success" has just taken on a whole new meaning, because they've won a nationwide competition! Scott Mardon and Dillon Reekie have proved their amazing technical and creative talents in the OFPANZ (Outdoor Fabric Products Association of New Zealand) 2011 Apprentice Awards.

Competing against their peers in New Zealand's canvas fabrication industry, Scott and Dillon came tops in two categories: Scott, who works for Charman Motor Trimmers & Upholsterers Ltd in Napier, won the Tier 2 award, which is for apprentices who have been enrolled with MITO for more than 15 months. Dillon, who works for Clausens Canvas & PVC (2011) Ltd in Leeston, won the Tier 1 apprentice award, which is open to apprentices who have been enrolled with MITO for less than 15 months. Their wins were announced at the 2011 OFPANZ Conference, which was held in Nelson in June 2011.

MITO Apprenticeships

The NZ Motor Industry Training Organisation Inc (MITO) provides education and training initiatives to assist enterprises enhance their productivity, profitability and performance. MITO is responsible for developing national qualifications and ensuring they are quality assured nationally. MITO helps employees achieve their study goals through the provision of study guides and assessment materials, training courses and personalised support from a dedicated Industry Training Advisor.

MITO's training programmes are designed for specialist industry requirements (for example National Certificates in Canvas Fabrication and Sailmaking), as well as business, management and computing skills. For further information, or to arrange for a MITO representative to visit your business, contact MITO at +64 4 494 0005 or visit www.mito.org.nz.

2011 OFPANZ Apprentice of the Year

Scott MardonScott Mardon
Charman Motor Trimmers & Upholsterers Ltd
Napier, NZ

Scott Mardon is going places! Having completed the National Certificate in Industrial Textile Fabrication (Canvas Fabrication), he is now enrolled in the National Certificate in Motor Trimming. He has been well supported in his apprenticeship training at Charman Motor Trimmers and Upholsterers Ltd by MITO, under the expert guidance of Managing Director Kimber Buglass.

Scott’s entry for the 2011 OFPANZ Apprentice of the Year Awards was a competition chainsaw bag, designed to carry a competitor’s chainsaw in a protective way. Entrants in this category had to design and produce an item with commercial appeal. The judges were looking for competency in design, measurement, cutting, stitching, fitting and finishing.

Scott gave serious consideration to effectively using all the specified materials, at the same time ensuring that the requirements of the client were met. He was determined that his bag would stand out and fit a niche in the marketplace.

Scott achieved his goal and won the coveted OFPANZ Apprentice of the Year Award, as well as $1,000, a trophy and a certificate. He was present at the gala awards presentation, and gave credit to MITO and the team at Charman Motor Trimmers and Upholsterers Ltd for their support and encouragement.

Tier 1 Winner

Dillon ReekieDillon Reekie
Clausens Canvas & PVC (2011) Ltd
Leeston, NZ

Entrants in the Tier I category were required to make a duffle bag to exacting specifications.

Dillon Reekie commented that making his duffle bag was exciting, fun and a great way to explore his canvas fabrication skills. He wanted to fabricate something really useful and also modernise and enhance the look of a basic duffle bag. As well as meeting the specified entry criteria, he included a removable ‘wet pocket’, a canteen holder and slots to hold shells. He turned the front pocket into a first aid pouch with two compartments. The judges thought that he had done a very neat job with great accuracy of measurement, and they felt that Dillon showed remarkable skill early in his career.

Dillon’s employer Marcus Hammett from Clausens Canvas & PVC (2011) Ltd was awarded the OFPANZ Apprentice of the Year in 2003. He was delighted with Dillon’s achievement and is really enjoying nurturing this young talent through his apprenticeship.