Earlier this month 11 graduates were celebrated at the Stratford District Council 2016 Trade Graduation Ceremony.

With support from their friends, family and employers the graduates were presented with certificates by mayor Neil Volzke.

Graduates all gained their qualifications while working in local businesses, from health care to carpentry, farming to youth work.

The graduation evening is part of a nationwide initiative through the Mayors Taskforce For Jobs, to recognise those who have qualified in their chosen field, as well as acknowledging the employers who support them.

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TRADE GRADUATES

- Jayden Joyce

Employed by Rigs n Things.

National Certificate in Motor Industry Commercial Vehicles Level 4.

- Shaun McFarlane

Employed by Holeshot Farms.

National Certificate in Agriculture (Animal Feeding and Pastures) Level 3.

- Jason Preston

Employed by Holeshot Farms.

National in Dairy Farming (Animal Health and Husbandry) Level 3.

- Rex Hodgetts

Employed by Avon Bowling Club.

National Certificate in Sports Turf (Introduction to Turf Care) Level 3.

- Kate Kowalewski

Employed by Amity Court Motel.

New Zealand Certificate in Cleaning Level 2.

- Tania Bowling

Employed by Amity Court Motel.

New Zealand Certificate in Cleaning Level 2.

- Michele Parker

Employed by Amity Court Motel.

New Zealand Certificate in Cleaning Level 2.

- Antony Vogt

Stratford High School.

National Certificate in Youth Work (Youth Leadership) Level 3.

- Samme-Sara Harrop-Marriner

Stratford High School.

National Certificate in Youth Work (Youth Leadership) Level 3.

- Jane Roguski

Employed by Maryann Resthome.

National Certificate in Community Support Services and National Certificate in Health, Disability and Aged Support.

- Issac Bluett

Employed by Stratford Office Furniture.

National Certificate in Furniture Maker Level 4.

- Troy Grigg

Employed by Cervus Equipment.

National Certificate in Motor Industry (Automotive Heavy Engineering) Agricultural Equipment Level 4.

- Dwayne Lund

Employed by Cervus Equipment.

National Certificate in Motor Industry (Automotive Heavy Engineering) Agricultural Equipment Level 4.