Mill seeks ap­pren­tices

South Waikato News - - NEWS - By MATHEW GROCOTT

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.

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