A Mosgiel man who believes in making everything top shelf
has been honoured by the forestry and wood industry.
Josh Pendreigh was named wood manufacturing apprentice of the
year at the 2013 Forest and Wood Industry National Training
Awards announced on Friday.
''I've always had the mindset that if I'm going to do
something, I want to do the best job I can. I don't want to
do half a job,'' the 22-year-old said yesterday.
Mr Pendreigh joined Southern Cross Forest Products as an
apprentice machinist full-time four years ago, after
previously working for the company for three years during
school holidays, when he was a Taieri College pupil.
He is now a team leader at Southern Cross Forest and trains
his own apprentice on the high-speed moulder.
His future plans include studying towards a level 5 advanced
trade qualification and improving industry training
''I'd really like to get into the training side of the
industry. I've got a passion for passing on knowledge and
would like to be a timber machine tutor one day.''
Two other Dunedin apprentices also made the cut at the
awards. John Strachan, of Johnson Forestry Services, was a
finalist in the forestry trainee of the year award and Chad
Butson, of Otago Furniture, a finalist in the furniture of
the year award.
The trio were among 14 forest and wood industry workers,
selected from 56 nominees, recognised at the Forest and Wood
Industry Training Awards in Rotorua on Friday.