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  • Gavin Smith

Alsco’s apprentice support and development

Richard Riwai is a shining example of Alsco’s apprentice support and development opportunities, becoming the newly appointed Palmerston North Engineering Manager.



"I started with Alsco in 2013 as a washroom team member. and I was then promoted to team coordinator in the washroom after a year. I was the Washroom Team Coordinator for 12 to 14 months when an opportunity came up in the Palmerston North Engineering Department to fill an Engineers position.


I was offered a six-month trial in the Engineering Department with a possible apprenticeship at the end of the trial. I got through the trial and did my apprenticeship over the next 3 and 1/2 years. I finished the qualification and became a fully qualified Maintenance Engineer in the team here in Palmerston North. When the Engineering Manager vacancy came about, I applied for the position and was successful. I am now as excited as ever to get my feet under the Managers desk and lead the Palmerston North Engineering team to the next level."


Richard Riwai PALMERSTON NORTH ENGINEERING MANAGER former Engineering Apprentice