Carters on Harris Road passionately supports business interaction with local schools and has had remarkable success in employing school leavers while working with Oceania Career Academy. Alan Westwood, National Operations Manager at Carters, has been with the company since August 2015 and has already made serious headway with the initiative, along with Carters Technical Manager Peter Wilson and John Kotoisuva from Oceania Career Academy, who serves as the conduit between Carters and local schools. They have had great success with their three intakes of students since November last year. Alan was happy to share their experience as he feels [...]
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When John Kotoisuva knocked on the door of Metal Skills Ltd in East Tamaki, Factory Manager Phillip Ward was more than interested. “From past experience, hiring young people wasn’t that successful overall,” says Phillip. “For many of them it was the first job and the first chance to earn some money. But that opportunity was too often wasted and it wouldn’t be long before some wouldn’t even turn up for work. So when John came along and told me about the trade programmes Oceania Careers Academy was running, it seemed like a great idea for us.” What John proposed involved mentoring [...]
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 [...]