Gr8 Job Hauraki recently smashed their target of placing 50 unemployed locals into local jobs by June 2022 - could you be next? They're on the look out for more great candidates to fill a variety of local jobs. If you or someone you know is looking for a first job; currently unemployed or want to move from part-time to full time work, they want to hear from you. Explore new job frontiers with Gr8 Job Hauraki and watch your opportunities take off!
Here's Waihi local Steven Dee's inspiring story of how Gr8 Job Hauraki helped him into a marine technician apprenticeship!
A former part-time cook who realised being in the kitchen wasn’t his future is one of 50 people now in full time employment thanks to help from Gr8 Job Hauraki.
The employment hub set out to get 50 locals employed by June, 2022, as part of their contract with the Mayors Taskforce For Jobs funded through the Ministry of Social Development, but reached their target four months early!
Steven Dee, who’s originally from Waihī, is one year into his marine technician apprenticeship at Paeroa Marine & Cycle Centre. He applied for the apprenticeship after seeing Gr8 Job Hauraki’s ad for the position on Facebook.
“I just thought their help was a really cool idea, they’re really organised - I didn’t even know this place (Paeroa Marine and Cycle Centre) existed until I started talking with Gr8 Job Hauraki. Within a week they had lined up an interview for me”, he said.
Gr8 Job Hauraki's support 'can't be faulted' says employer
Paeroa Marine & Cycle Centre owner Gary Johansen, who’s been with the centre for 42 years, said Gr8 Job Hauraki’s employment initiative was “absolutely brilliant” and he “couldn’t fault it”.
“I’d been talking to my son, Sam, for about six months because I’m getting to the stage where I want to start slowly retiring and my son’s going to slowly take over the workshop. I told him he’d need another apprentice. I got talking to Positive Paeroa about it and they… teed it all up. Julie from Gr8 Job Hauraki came and saw me and I explained what I wanted. We got down to two applications and made the final decision from there.”
And Steven couldn’t be happier they chose him.
“There’s a lot to learn and I’m busy all day which is great, especially in such a friendly environment. I thoroughly recommend Gr8 Job Hauraki!”, said Steven.
There's still four months to go...
Mayor Toby Adams said he was absolutely wrapped that results like Steven’s helped Gr8 Job Hauraki smash their target of getting 50 people employed before June but they’re not stopping there.
“There’s still four months to go to place as many people as we can! The jobs are there so check out what’s available on our website."
Support available for employers to find their crew too
“We’ve worked with some great employers like Gary and it’s been awesome that they’ve offered some real opportunities. There’s been a lot of entry level jobs for young local people so there are true partnerships developing in terms of finding your fit locally”, added Julie Stephenson, Gr8 Job Hauraki's Community Employment Liaison.
While employment is the ultimate outcome, Gr8 Job Hauraki also gets people ready for employment whether that be upskilling, help with CV’s or progression with drivers licences. The Mayors Taskforce for Jobs funding also includes support for employers.
“For instance, funding can be used for tools for a young apprentice or if an employer wants to take on someone but isn’t quite sure if they can make it full time, we can offer a wage subsidy to make it happen,” said Julie.
Helping Julie to smash the target of 50 locals in employment is Siobahn Soole, who has taken the lead on social media and engaging with youth.
“Meeting school leavers or young people like Steve who want to stay in the area - and giving them the opportunity to do that, is so satisfying,” she said. “It’s an opportunity I would have loved when I was growing up here.”
What is Mayors Taskforce For Jobs (MTFJ)?
The Mayors Taskforce For Jobs (MTFJ) is a nationwide network of New Zealand’s Mayors, working together towards the vision of all young people under 25 being engaged in appropriate education, training, work or other positive activity in their communities.
Gr8 Job Hauraki-find your fit. Karawhiua Hauraki. Kei a koe te tikanga
Gr8 Job Hauraki is our Council’s answer to supporting members of our community back into work. The programme is funded through the Mayor’s Taskforce for Jobs initiative and the Ministry of Social Development. It has been running in our district since late 2020, aimed at supporting unemployed or those impacted by COVID-19 back into the workforce.
If you're unemployed and seeking work, give Julie Stephenson 021 536 715 or Siobahn Soole 021 223 4827 a call and watch your opportunities soar!