NZME Print Ellerslie print finishing (reel fed) trainee Navdeep Sidhu has been bestowed with the DS Chemport-sponsored 2015 Single Width Users Group (SWUG) Apprentice of the Year Award. Having commenced at NZME (formerly known as APN Print) as a casual operator in the pre press department in July 2004, Mr Sidhu began his apprenticeship on January 2 last year and is on target for completion ahead of the original May 31, 2017 timeframe.
Mr Sidhu says he is overwhelmed to have received the award. I am grateful to my seniors for recognising my potential and providing me with this moment of immense happiness, he says. This award has made me feel satisfied that I am moving towards the right direction and will be able to avail many more opportunities while growing alongside my company.
I dedicate this award to my seniors, my team and my family who have been a great support throughout my career. Having enjoyed and been inspired by his experiences to date with NZME, Mr Sidhu says the apprenticeship has widened his knowledge of both his own and other facets of the printing trade.
I count these opportunities as stepping stones moving further towards a successful career. Mr Sidhu adds that he considers himself a lifelong learner, with a get-along attitude who has high morale, values and ethics which is necessary for an organisation to grow. Noting that Mr Sidhu has achieved excellent marks in the Level Three assignments completed to date, Competenz account manager David Eagles describes him as being an outstanding person. NZME Print Ellerslie operations manager Russell Wieck says Mr Sidhus positive attitude, quality of workmanship and mechanical capabilities immediately impressed everyone.
He was rewarded for these attributes with a part-time position in the post press department in April 2005 before stepping up to a full-time role as an operator in July 2006, says Mr Wieck. Navdeep waited patiently for a number of years honing his skills until the opportunity of an apprenticeship became available. Navdeep was an obvious candidate for the position and he impressed even further during the interview process en route to being the successful applicant. Navdeep has a very strong passion for learning and is using the training delivered under the apprenticeship system to add to his very strong mechanical aptitude. He is well on the path to becoming an outstanding tradesperson as a result of this dedication and commitment.
In addition to running the Ellerslie plants Saturday night shift in a supervisory role as required, Mr Sidhu has recently taken on extra responsibilities as fire warden and occupational health and safety representative. Always reliable, punctual and extremely flexible, Navdeep has excellent organisational skills and relishes the chance to plan shifts or suggest better work practices. Furthermore, Mr Wieck says the challenge of completing an adult apprenticeship while being a devoted family has not fazed Mr Sidhu. In fact it makes his resolve to be successful that much stronger.
Navdeeps commitment to his apprenticeship and his role as an operator is exactly what an employer looks for in an employee and he is a very important member of the staff at NZME Print Ellerslie. We are lucky to have such a fine person in our team.