At the Territorial Force Employer Support Council awards at
the Kensington Drill Hall on Wednesday night (from left)
Calder Stewart draughtsman Sean Johnson, design team leader
Blair Collie, co-managing director Peter Stewart, Otago
Southland Employer Support Council chairman Sir Julian
Smith and Fisher and Paykel design engineers Malcolm
Sherlaw and Rob Tomlinson. Photo supplied.
Calder Stewart Industries Ltd won the supreme award from
the Territorial Force Employer Support Council (TFESC) at the
Kensington Drill Hall on Wednesday night.
Otago Southland council chairman Sir Julian Smith said the
award recognised businesses who employed people in the New
Zealand Reserve Forces and allowed them time off for military
The reservists needed to communicate to their employers the
skills they gained during military training to highlight the
advantages companies gained by allowing staff the time to
train, Sir Julian said.
At the presentation, Sir Julian said the council was
investigating an initiative to issue certificates to
reservists detailing the military skills, to give to
Calder Stewart co-managing director Peter Stewart said he was
happy for draughtsman Sean Johnson to take time off for
Mr Johnson was ''pumped'' about being a reservist and was
consequently a ''happy camper'' at work.
In a disaster, such as the Canterbury Earthquakes, the
community benefited from the military training of reservists,
Mr Stewart said.
Fisher and Paykel (F&P) was runner-up at the awards.
F&P design engineer Malcolm Sherlaw said fellow design
engineer Rob Tomlinson was given time off work to train
during his 22 years in the naval reserve as a
lieutenant-commander and commanding officer of HMNZS Toroa.
F&P and the Naval Reserve mutually benefited from Lt-cmdr
Tomlinson's military training, Mr Sherlaw said.
''He takes his works skills to the navy and brings his navy
skills to work. It is a win/win situation.''
Staff members who engaged in military training were easier to
retain, because they were happier in their work, Mr Sherlaw
Lt-cmdr Tomlinson, who trained about 60 days a year, said the
skills learned in the military assisted a ''civilian career''
by providing discipline and a controlled approach to