Leading the way for other trainees

benstevens Excellence Awards Finalist, Industry Excellence Awards Winner

Navjot Kaur 

Telecommunications Trainee of the Year 

“I’ve never heard her say; ‘this is too difficult, I cannot do it.” 

Navjot Kaur’s diligence and commitment to excellence has impressed Deep Basmet, her supervisor at Civtec in Hamilton, if that comment is anything to go by. 

Navjot has been a trainee fibre technician with Civtech for three years, where she is now nearing completion of her NZ Certificate in Telecommunications (Fibre Optics) Level 3. 

She has been nominated in the Telecommunications Trainee of the Year category (sponsored by Connexis) in the 2021 Connexis Excellence Awards. She was nominated by iSkills trainer and assessor Cameron Childerhouse who describes her as a perfectionist who ensures all her work – and her training – are completed to a high standard. 

“Navjot always applies the learnings from block courses within the workplace. She is a hard worker who is always looking for logistical answers as to why things work the way they do,” says Cameron, adding that she always asks for help when she needs it. “She wants to understand the whole concept.” 

He says Navjot is an exceptional role model to her co-workers and fellow trainees and she is always looking for ways to improve systems and processes. Plus she is happy to share her findings, and knowledge with other trainees. 

Within just five months of starting with Civtech, Navjot was appointed to train the next intake of new-starters with the company, and has been doing so ever since, demonstrating great leadership skills.

Cameron says Navjot wants to continue to develop with the telecommunications sector and currently wants to become a network designer, where she can use her knowledge to improve the network. He says it is also important to Navjot to be a mentor for other women combining into a still male-dominated sector.