Students keen to get into building
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.
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.