David Taumoeanga’s message to fellow graduates, staff and guests at the OCA 2019 Graduation, in his words would be “short but sweet” David is a graduate from OCA’s New Zealand Certificate in Study and Career Preparation (Carpentry) Level 3 programme and was invited to be a student speaker at the 2019 OCA Graduation. Before joining OCA he considered himself to be a normal kid looking for a future for himself. He recognized that he didn’t do well at school, but that hasn’t stopped him from reaching his goal of gaining a Trade Certificate in construction. He acknowledges OCA for [...]
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Finding good, reliable builder apprentices has sometimes been a challenge for NR Developments Director Nathan Robertson, who has been in the business since leaving school. “It used to be that I could go through dozens of guys before I found a good one,” he says. “But OCA has helped start to change that. They provide people who have an understanding of what the industry is all about and what’s expected from them in areas like turning up to work on time and ready to put in a good shift.” Having been a builder himself from the age of 16, [...]
As a longstanding employer based in South Auckland, the building company Carters had been frustrated by the lack of job applications residing within the local area. They’re now working with OCA to turn that around. Peter Wilson, Carters’ National Technical Services Manager, says the organisation needed to fill a range of roles, including in their expanded frame and truss manufacturing plant, as trainee estimators in the national technical team and in-office roles. Temp staff were being utilised in the factory via a temping agency to fill the void of job applicants. “This was not ideal and not to mention [...]
New Zealand's first Pacific Trades PTE OCA has achieved NZQA accreditation to become New Zealand’s first Pacific Trades Private Training Establishment (PTE). From early 2016 we will offer a range of vocational training pathways including engineering, building and construction, retail, hospitality and accommodation. OCA’s General Manager Anthony Tu’itahi says achieving NZQA accreditation is a critical step in the set up of NZ’s first Trades PTE owned an led by Pacific people for Pacific people. “Being accredited means OCA can deliver NZQA-approved programmes and our accreditation confirms that NZQA considers us capable of delivering them within our unique programme delivery [...]