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MEDIA RELEASE: 01 June 2017

Apprentices, trainees and workplaces across New Zealand’s Hygiene, Health and Wellbeing sector are invited to take part in the 2017 Careerforce Training Excellence Awards.

The Careerforce Training Excellence Awards recognises employees and employers who are committed to training, professional development, and in making a difference in the lives of New Zealanders.

Careerforce Chief Executive Ray Lind says these awards are the first of their kind for the health, wellbeing, social and community services, cleaning and pest management sectors.


“We recognise the great work these trainees and workplaces do in supporting the health and wellbeing of New Zealand,” Mr Lind says.

“This is an opportunity to recognise and reward dedicated people who show commitment to training, a desire to improve in their role and a contribution to their communities,” he says.

“These could be people working in mental health and addiction support, disability, aged care, social services, youth work and many other important sectors that contribute to better outcomes for New Zealanders.”

The awards are open to anyone involved with Careerforce in the various sectors we support who is currently undertaking or has recently completed a National Certificate, New Zealand Certificate or Diploma.

This includes Careerforce apprentices and trainees, and organisations who train with Careerforce.

The Awards categories include Apprentice of the Year, Trainee of the Year, Māori Trainee of the Year and Pasifika Trainee of the Year. There’s also Workforce Development Employer of the Year award for the organisation, company or business that offers exceptional training to Careerforce trainees and apprentices.

Careerforce, the Industry Training Organisation for the health and wellbeing sectors, will be short-listing three finalists for each category and encourages trainees and workplaces from all over New Zealand to get involved.

Winners will be announced at the Careerforce Workforce Development Conference Dinner at Te Papa, Wellington on 7 August 2017.




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Careerforce is the Industry Training Organisation (ITO) for the health, mental health, youth work, disability, social services and cleaning sectors. We are the Government appointed body that sets skill standards, develops and facilitates achievement of NZQA qualifications across all our sectors. For more information please see: