Our workforce development advisors work with local employers, schools and training providers to boost the regional workforce and support quality, well-paid job creation.
Fresh out of high school but undecided on a career pathway, Tawhiri Mua-Crosby turned to the workforce development team at Trust Tairāwhiti for advice.
“I didn’t really have a plan and was trying to figure out what I wanted to do. Initially, I was keen on going for an electrician apprenticeship, but there weren’t any available at the time,” he said.
Trust workforce advisors connected with Tawhiri through the Mayoral Jobs Taskforce and offered to take him to Wood Engineering Technology Gisborne (WET Gisborne) for a site visit and to learn about opportunities there.
“I was amazed by what I saw out here, all the technology and robotics. It’s pretty cool. I was open-minded about the role and was fortunate to be offered a position as an assistant process technician.”
The role involves monitoring the process line and addressing any faults or errors with the machinery to keep the production line moving. Tawhiri says he’s learning every day.
“Even though I’m not doing electrical yet, I’m often working alongside electricians and engineers. I get to work with good people, and they’ve shown me a lot I didn’t know before.”
WET Gisborne site manager Warren Longhill says it’s been a great experience for the team getting Tawhiri on board.
“It’s good to hear fresh ideas and perspectives. Most of the new recruits here already have a lot of experience, so it’s nice to work with young people.”
“It’s also great being able to support young peoples’ development and training. Further down the track, we can facilitate training in critical advanced manufacturing concepts. Whether that be mechronics, operations management, or traditional mechanical and electrical aspects - there’s plenty of scope for professional development.”
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Horahia Te Tau - Annual Report 2022