Programme kickstarts trainees' careers
A young builder looks set to go from the benefit to a full-paid building apprenticeship after just eight weeks of training.
Jacob Coleman, 19, is part of Future Build Waikato, a new programme set up by the Social Development Ministry, Wintec, and Work and Income New Zealand (Winz).
Through the eight-week programme he has alternated between studying at Wintec, and doing work experience with Livingstone Buildings Ltd, which has since offered a 90-day job trial leading into an apprenticeship.
"I've always wanted to do building, so when this came along it was really good. What I've learnt has refined my skills and I've been learning lots of new stuff too, especially being a chippy because you get to do lots of different things," Mr Coleman said. "It's really good because, on the job, you learn things you wouldn't learn at Wintec and it goes the other way too."
Ruma Karaitiana, chief executive at the Building and Construction Industry Training Organisation, said their offices in the region would work with participants after the programme to help get them into fulltime work.
Meanwhile, Winz and Wintec are discussing expanding the programme to roofing and bricklaying next year, with the potential to expand to other trades, Social Development Ministry spokesman Matthew Henderson said.
Livingstone building operations manager Marcel Amess said Jacob, and another participant they had taken on through the programme, were doing well and the company was glad to be involved.
"This programme has worked well so far, the two guys [we have taken on] seem to be motivated and keen to learn. I have asked for two more students from the next intake."
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