Following the passing last year of Hudson Sellars, their much loved Quality Assurance Manager, Spencer Henshaw wanted to create a fitting and meaningful memorial in his honour.
Spencer Henshaw’s Rod Spencer and Neal Murphy say that Hudson was always a great advocate for trades contractors and had met most of them in the course of his daily work. One of his constant desires was to encourage subbies to grow their business, share knowledge and create more jobs.
To honour Hudson, Spencer Henshaw has developed the Hudson Sellars Apprentice Scholarship.
The scholarship covers the cost of the selected apprentice’s tools and course fees and provides their employer with a financial contribution towards the first year of the apprentice’s wages.
The scholarship aims to promote solid and professional employers who will act as a mentor to the apprentice. In the inaugural year, Rogers and Rogers Plumbers in Kaitaia were selected, and business owner Jack Rogers was tasked with selecting and employing an ideal scholarship recipient.
Spencer Henshaw is proud to announce that George Steed is the first winner of the Hudson Sellars Apprentice Scholarship.
Rod and Neal say George is a true born and bred Kaitaia boy, growing up and completing all his schooling in the town. In 2017 he achieved NCEA Level 3 as a year 13 multi-level vocational programme student at Kaitaia College.
Jack Rogers says George is an outstanding recipient of the scholarship – he is always keen to learn and gets on really well with the rest of the team.
Like other apprentices working with the firm, George came through the Gateway programme. Rogers and Rogers also have two other apprentices from local schools, one of them from Kaitaia College and the other from Abundant Life School. You can also read more about Gateway in our story about Hastings Boys’ High School and their partnership with Prestige.
Congratulations George – we know you’ll make Hudson proud.