CPIT Aoraki course makes a youth of difference
Proud as: CPIT Aoraki student D'Braye Kemp with joinery tutor Nigel Jamieson. The 2015 Eke Panuku supreme award winner for trades is looking forward to furthering his study and career this year.
Eighteen year-old D'Braye Kemp rounded off an impressive year of study at CPIT Aoraki by winning the Youth Transitions award for Outstanding Student and the 2015 Eke Panuku supreme award as one of the institute's outstanding Māori and Pasifika achievers through his work on his Youth Guarantee programme.
"For me getting the award was really overwhelming. I'm proud of myself. Seeing everyone else there, and from my old course too, it was a great moment. We were so happy and we were all crying."
However, Kemp's success was the result of his determination and his ability to overcome a troubled childhood.
"As a kid I was a bit of a rug rat. I would get into trouble with the police, with my parents. I was bullied at school from primary right through to high school, but that all stopped when my dad asked me if my brothers and I wanted to live with him in Christchurch."
While moving from Napier to Christchurch was an important step, it was Kemp's passion for Te Reo Māori which taught him the importance of focusing on education.
"It was important for me to show my dad's family that I could stand and speak in a Marae. At school I've been awarded the most fluent Te Reo Māori speaker out of all three senior years. I was very proud of myself for receiving this award."
Kemp also worked hard to get his literacy and numeracy up to scratch before deciding to give the Youth Guarantee Certificate in Introduction to Construction for Allied Trades a try, and everything started to click into place.
"At first I didn't like the course. It was hard, but I stuck to it, and got to love it. I loved the joinery – that was my favourite," Kemp said.
His rapport with staff, especially his joinery tutor Nigel Jamieson, went a long way towards ensuring his success.
"D'Braye's attitude to learning and his improvement won out," Jamieson said.
His achievement also brought satisfaction to CPIT Aoraki Trades Construction Manager Phil Burns, who oversees the Construction Trades programmes at CPIT Aoraki.
"These students are at that lovely age when you see big differences," Burns said.
"Some of them have had limited success in the past when it comes down to the education process, and the rewards that they can get when they see something tangible happening and see a clear pathway going onwards – it's the best thing in their life. You get to see them change from high school students into young men and women."
Kemp has been putting his newly-found joinery skills to use while on work experience with a builder over the summer break and is going on to CPIT Aoraki's Pre-trade Joinery programme this year.