Agency recruits residents
Worker recruitment has a community focus at the WellConnected Alliance.
The multi-agency collective, which is responsible for delivering the Waterview Connection project, has been actively hiring workers from the suburbs between Owairaka and Waterview where the motorway is being constructed.
Human resources advisor Shyahara DeSilva says the company decided to encourage workers from the area to apply for work after receiving a lot of CVs from the community.
Adding the recruitment email address to the monthly newsletters has prompted a good response.
DeSilva and tunnel superintendent Grant Myocevich have interviewed more than 25 people from nearby suburbs and recruited eight since April.
Many of those people are working as labourers, mechanics and construction workers. Employing locals is a great way to meet the alliance’s aspirational goal of building communities, DeSilva says.
‘‘It’s a big change that we are creating in Mt Roskill and the surrounding area. You get greater satisfaction out of it when you know you’re giving something back to the community.’’
Avondale resident Andrew Vundla applied for a job with the Well-Connected Alliance after reading about vacancies in the newsletter.
‘‘I wouldn’t have had a clue about what was happening in terms of recruitment and the opportunities for local people.
‘‘You think they have got everything under control and they don’t need anyone,’’ he says.
Vundla started his job as a mechanical fitter in March and is really enjoying the job. He’d previously worked in similar roles in mining in his home country of Zimbabwe and on the South Island’s West Coast.
Mt Roskill resident Viliame Delavakavu also started in March after hearing from a friend that the company was actively looking to employ locals.
The Fijian man came here in 2011 and worked in security during the Rugby World Cup. The following year he joined a Henderson construction company and now works as a labourer and driver on the project.
‘‘I’m so grateful I’ve been given the chance to drive an MSV (multi-service vehicle) which carries the ring segments to the tunnel. The truck weighs 120 tonnes and it carries segments which weigh 100 tonnes.’’
Myocevich says employing workers from the surrounding area has it’s practical benefits too.
‘‘It’s handier for them. With shift work there’s generally lots of issues with people getting to work but not for locals.’’
Targeted employment: Well-Connected Alliance tunnel superintendent Grant Myocevich with mechanical fitter Andrew Vundla and multi-service vehicle driver Viliame Delavakavu.