During the year, City Care offered its support to a new
industry training initiative, becoming involved with the CPIT's
TradeFIT (Trade Future in Training) project. The project is a
joint partnership between CPIT and the private sector and
involves the creation of a fully functional simulated
subdivision, with all the features and services of an authentic
development. This allows training and assessment to occur
safely in a "real life" context.
The initiative encourages collaboration amongst a number
of different industries (electrical, building, civil construction
and plumbing, drainlaying and gasfitting) and training
organisations. The facility also promotes the sharing of
technology and knowledge between companies in these
industries who may otherwise be competitors, and this
has financial benefits, avoiding the need for duplication
of training resources.
City Care contributes to the TradeFIT project by providing
consulting advice and supplying materials and plant. Our
pre-apprentices now do their civil training at the facility.
City Care continued to maintain a group of staff trained in
firefighting to help fight rural fires in the Canterbury region.
During the year ended June 2006, the fire team expended
5,353 hours fighting fires plus 660 hours participating in
relevant training exercises. They fought 17 fires including
two large scale fires in early January at Bottle Lake Forest and
Spencer Park. The Bottle Lake fire began on 2nd January and
required attendance by crews for five days. One day later the
crews were called on again to battle the Spencer Park fire
which began on 8 January and required attendance by crews
for eight days. The firefighters worked in dangerous
conditions with heavy machinery and specialist logging crews
needing to be called in to fell large trees that were
substantially burnt through at the base and posed a risk
Hugh Martyn, Director
Hugh has been a Director of City Care since March 200. Hugh's
background is in law and he started his career as a solicitor before
moving into management roles. In addition to a law degree, Hugh has
an MBA from Canterbury University.
Hugh is currently the Chief Operating Officer for PGG Wrightson
Limited and was previously the CEO of Pyne Gould Guinness Limited
prior to that company merging with Wrightson Limited.
Hugh's previous experience includes roles as Managing Director,
Australasia for Invacare Corporation and CEO of Dynamic Controls Ltd
(a subsidiary of Invacare).
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