Agency re­cruits res­i­dents

Auckland City Harbour News - - NEWS - By KA­RINA ABA­DIA

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.’’

Photo: KA­RINA ABA­DIA

Tar­geted em­ploy­ment: Well-Con­nected Al­liance tun­nel su­per­in­ten­dent Grant My­oce­vich with me­chan­i­cal fit­ter An­drew Vundla and multi-ser­vice ve­hi­cle driver Vil­iame Delavakavu.

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