Students Achievements Recognised by Industry

Press Release – Industrial Symbiosis Kawerau

Yesterday eight Kawerau students were recognised for their diligence and achievements during their participation in the Industrial Symbiosis Kawerau (ISKawerau) work experience programme. The ceremony was attended by participating employers and students, plus …PRESS RELEASE
28 November 2014

Students Achievements Recognised by Industry

Yesterday eight Kawerau students were recognised for their diligence and achievements during their participation in the Industrial Symbiosis Kawerau (ISKawerau) work experience programme. The ceremony was attended by participating employers and students, plus their families, school careers advisors and mentors.

Deanne Butler, Chairperson, ISKawerau Workforce Development Group, said “The work experience programme was the first step in bridging the gap between employers and potential employees and was designed to give students a taste of what types of jobs industry had to offer. “ Ms Butler went on to say “most young people in Kawerau don’t have the opportunity to visit mills and other industrial workplaces now as access is restricted for health and safety reasons.. “ The programme was designed to be as realistic as possible with students responding to an advertisement, completing an application form, undertaking an interview and agreeing a contract before starting. Most had to undertake a health and safety course as part of their induction.

Each student was presented with a Certificate of Achievement and reference by their employer who spoke about each student’s willingness, maturity and positive attitude towards the work environment. They also reinforced their commitment to the programme and to provide a more real experience will offer students a full week experience during three of the four holiday periods in the 2015 programme.

The programme was supported by Faylene Tunui from the Kawerau Social Sector Trials who provided mentors to support both the student and their families. It was acknowledged by all parties that the interest and encouragement shown by whanau was invaluable in helping the student adapt to the work environment and they were thanked for their support. Ms Butler also thanked Robyn Cannell and Jo-Anne Stuart from the Tarawera and Whakatane High Schools respectively who had worked with ISKawerau to select students and work with them during their work experience.

At the completion of the formal ceremony each student was presented with the opportunity to attend a three week Outward Bound Course in Anikiwa. The cost of these courses have been sponsored by Outward Bound and New Zealand Community Trust however the student will have to cover the cost of travel to and from the Marlborough Sounds. An ‘ex Outward Bound’ group led by JJ Rika, Youth Co-ordinator Kawerau District Council, will assist students prepare for the course.

Participating students, schools and associated businesses were
Keaghan Hartshorne attending Tarawera High School sponsored by SLH Contracting
Rihari Masters attending Tarawera High School sponsored by SLH Contracting
Maria McKenzie attending Whakatane High School sponsored by Mighty River Power;
Taine Enright attending Whakatane High School sponsored by Mighty River Power;
Asa Wimutu attending Tarawera High School sponsored by Might River Power;
Heremaia Karaitiana attending Tarawera High School sponsored by Kajavala Forestry Ltd;
Kelly Te Riini attending Tarawera High School sponsored by Sequal Lumber;
Shawn Ross attending Tarawera High School sponsored by Sequal Lumber.

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