Daymin Kupe, 21, had been struggling to find a job for a year when he finally found a job at City Care as part of the company's pre-apprentice programme in March 2013.
"It was pretty hard. I couldn't find the job that I wanted. I was stoked when I got that job."
Pre-apprentices go through a series of six-week placements in the different operational arms at City Care over a 10 month period before deciding where they want to stay.
But Kupe had his mind set on pipe rehabilitation from the start.
Industrial training manager Pat O'Brien says City Care has a strong relationship with Work and Income NZ (WINZ).
Kupe, along with 9 other graduates, was recruited from a WINZ Limited Services Volunteer course at Burnham Military Camp.
"Daymin realised early on that it was up to him to make the most of his opportunity and he earned the offer of employment through his willingness to get stuck in and have a go," O'Brien says.
The programme has been running for ten years for youths under 25 and there have been good success stories coming out of it, he said.
Kupe said: "I'm on a good career path now."
- © Fairfax NZ News
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