Mill seeks apprentices
A new apprentice programme is offering up to six young people the first step in a new career starting in January.
The Carter Holt Harvey Modern Apprentice Programme has six spaces available at Pulp & Paper Kinleith Mill south of Tokoroa.
The programme is aimed at those between 16 and 21 from the South Waikato District and Mangakino.
CHH human resources advisor Michelle Harris said the programme would provide employment opportunities for young people in the district and would bring new blood into Kinleith’s workforce.
‘ ‘ We’re looking to recruit from the local triangle – Tokoroa, Putaruru and Mangakino,’’ she said.
Mrs Harris said Kinleith were looking for matureminded youths.
Due to the challenging technical demands of Pulp & Paper, ideally applicants will have NCEA, levels two or three and ability in maths, English and science.
‘‘We’re looking for people that have really good computer skills, are able to work at heights and in confined spaces, can work 12-hour shifts, have excellent communication skills and are able to be a team player.’’
Candidates must be 21 or under in January next year when the apprenticeship starts.
Mrs Harris said she had already received several calls from people, or their parents, interested in taking part in the programme.
She will meet high school principals in the district to inform them of the apprenticeships.
Mrs Harris said before Kinleith developed the programme there was no national apprenticeship for work in an energy and chemical plant.
Staff at Kinleith worked with industry trainer FITEC to develop a programme which was now available for the timber and Pulp & Paper industry to use in New Zealand.
The apprenticeships are for three years, after which the apprentice will become a fulltime employee.
The first six months will involve apprentices working in the various units at the mill. After this time they will specialise in one area.
Applications for the six spaces close on October 8 and can be sent to Mrs Harris at Kinleith Mill.