Skills Active awards recognise world-class training and learning

February 18, 2020

A community swimming hero, and a dedicated snowsport employer, have been recognised with Skills Active awards.

Browns Ski Shop and owner Kris Vermeir received the Skills Active Small Business Award, which recognises small and medium businesses that support their staff to step up and strengthen their knowledge and skills.

Browns uses on-job training as a way to develop the snowsport professionals on its team, and help them grow and advance their careers in the industry.

Skills Active learning support advisor and snowsport industry development advisor Steve Richens presented the team at Browns Ski Shop with their award last week. It comes with a $1,500 grant towards further on-job qualifications for staff. 

(Pictured above, from left: rentals assessor Anthony Casey, Steve Richens from Skills Active, workshop assessor Mark Forsyth, and owner Kris Vermeir.) 

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Meanwhile, Caroline Eastmond, who completed her swim teaching qualification through Skills Active, has received the Volunteer Development Award. Her award comes with a $500 grant towards future on-job qualifications.

Caroline teaches young swimmers at the Waiau Pool in North Canterbury. She is passionate about swimming and water safety, and gives up her time and skills for free in order to support swimming skills in her community. Caroline contributed tirelessly to the pool rebuild effort following the 2016 earthquakes. The new Waiau pool opened in March last year.

She was presented with her award by Skills Active learning support advisor Emily Cooper this week. Caroline is pictured above, on the left, with her nominator Emma Duncan on the right.

“Our award winners this year are truly inspiring people,” says Skills Active acting chief executive Bentham Ohia. “It’s wonderful to be able to recognise the effort they have put into growing the skill and professionalism of their industries. Ka rawe tō mahi, to both winners.”


Media contact for Skills Active

Esther McLaren

021 195 5127

About Skills Active

Skills Active Aotearoa is the industry training organisation for recreation, exercise, sport and performing arts. We are a non-profit organisation, 50% owned by Māori shareholders, and funded by government to promote careers and workforce development in our industries, work with those industries to create world-class qualifications, and support workplaces to train staff.