Stu­dents keen to get into build­ing

Matamata Chronicle - - News/letters - By ABBY BROWN

Lo­cal Maori and Pa­cific Is­lan­ders are al­ready ben­e­fit­ing from the Stan­ley Group open­ing their doors to a new train­ing scheme.

The con­struc­tion group of­fi­cially opened their on-site trade train­ing fa­cil­ity, which Waikato In­sti­tute of Tech­nol­ogy trade stu­dents will use, last Thurs­day.

The mod­u­lar premises in Mata­mata’s Gar­land St will be used for Maori and Pasi­fika trade train­ing af­ter the group signed a con­sor­tium with Win­tec, in con­junc­tion with Min­istry of Busi­ness and In­no­va­tion (MBIE), to pro­vide a satel­lite trade train­ing cam­pus.

Stan­ley Group man­ag­ing di­rec­tor Kevin Stan­ley said the agree­ment was mu­tu­ally ben­e­fi­cial to his com­pany and the stu­dents.

‘‘It is ben­e­fi­cial to us be­cause there is a gen­uine short­age of skills in the build­ing in­dus­try and the best way to rec­tify that is by pro­vid­ing train­ing to people,’’ he said.

Mata­mata-based stu­dents Kerry Kaukau and Paroto Richards were look­ing for­ward to learn­ing some hands-on skills.

Both said they were look­ing for­ward to get­ting a job in the in­dus­try from the qual­i­fi­ca­tion and build­ing their own homes with the skills.

‘‘It’s a good thing to take un­der your wing,’’ Richards said.

The first in­take of 11 stu­dents, six stu­dents from lo­cal iwi Ngati Haua and five from Ngati Tuwhare­toa in Taupo, checked out the cam­pus on July 3.

Trainees will spend one week on cam­pus with a Win­tec tu­tor, and the fol­low­ing on ac­tual con­struc­tion sites through­out the 17 week course pro­gramme. On suc­cess­ful com­ple­tion of the course, trainees will have com­pleted an NZQA Level 4 cer­tifi­cate in con­struc­tion and be placed into full­time em­ploy­ment with a view to ap­pren­tice­ships.

Train­ing will also be pro­vided in workplace first aid, health and safety and site safe pass­port train­ing.

Photo: ABBY BROWN

BUILDER BOOST: The Stan­ley Group agree­ment with Win­tec will help lo­cal ap­pren­tices gain skills and jobs, from left, Mata­mata-based stu­dent Kerry Kaukau, Stan­ley Group man­ag­ing di­rec­tor Kevin Stan­ley, and ap­pren­tice Paroto Richards.

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