Our longstanding IAG Trade Scholarship Programme is helping our young people and builiding the future of the industries we rely on.
Since John O’Rourke joined IAG in 2011 as part of the Claims Services Motor Assessing leadership team, he’s also been in charge of our Trades Scholarship Programme and is proud of how it has developed into a highly recognised programme within the industries it supports.
“It started in 2002 as the State Apprenticeship Scheme and has grown to cover apprenticeships in collision repair, automotive refinishing, glazing, building and even first line management” John explains.
John sees the Scholarship Programme as a valued partnership that IAG contributes to, along with the industries that play such an important role in supporting our business and our customers. “I see this as IAG investing in the future of these industries, in partnership with industry organisations like MITO and BCITO, and we are helping to make sure our customers continue to have qualified people who are providing quality repairs for years to come”.
One thing John is personally really proud of in recent years, is the focus on diversity through the IAG Trade Scholarship Programme. “The industries we are operating in are generally very male-oriented, so we have been pleased to see a number of female apprentices going through the Programme”. Last year a young woman, Vienna Kupa, was the recipient of the Building Apprentice of the Year Award, a first in this particular stream of the programme.
Since its inception, over 515 New Zealand tradespeople have gone through the programme, and currently there are 94 apprentices at various stages of their qualification.
To find out more about the IAG Trade Scholarship Programme click here.