Employer Partnership

David Taumoe’anga is an exemplary graduate


Before joining OCA, David Taumoe’anga considered himself to be a normal kid looking for a future - but he was unsure of what to do.  He recognised that he didn’t do well at school, but that didn’t stop him from pursuing his goal of gaining a Trade Certificate. OCA’s New Zealand Certificate in Study and Career Preparation (Carpentry) Level 3 was the stepping stone David needed to an exciting career. Now he has a well-paid job with Citycare Water and is helping to support his family. “OCA gets us ready for the future and enables us to reach our [...]

David Taumoe’anga is an exemplary graduate2021-03-07T10:30:28+13:00

Employer Spotlight: Phillip Ward


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 [...]

Employer Spotlight: Phillip Ward2020-11-29T22:03:48+13:00

Employer Spotlight: Nathan Robertson


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, [...]

Employer Spotlight: Nathan Robertson2020-11-29T20:25:10+13:00

Employer Spotlight: Peter Wilson


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 [...]

Employer Spotlight: Peter Wilson2020-11-29T18:42:30+13:00
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