Radio New Zealand’s Zac Fleming posed that question in a recent Checkpoint story when he visited a group of Māngere secondary school students who were getting hands-on trades training. The partnership between two local schools, Māngere Development partners Housing New Zealand and HLC, and Housing New Zealand’s maintenance contractor Spotless.
Eight students from De La Salle and Māngere Colleges worked for two weeks with plumbing, electrical or carpentry subcontractors, getting supervised hands-on experience to support their own aspirations to start a trades career. The students live within the wider area of the Māngere Development, which will see an estimated 2500 homes replaced with up to 10,000 new state, affordable and market homes.
The students’ motivations ranged from keeping moving in the holidays, to being able to one day build a home for the family in the Pacific Islands.
This is an example of people coming together to make a good idea a great reality. Special thanks to Nick and Shivendra from Spotless, Karla and John from HLC, Corinna from Housing New Zealand. Thanks also for the generosity, patience and commitment of all the subcontractors who agreed to participate, including Keith Good Electrical, U-Bend Plumbing and COIN, whose teams supervised the students in Zac’s story.
This is the second running of the Spotless cadets scheme. Read about the August pilot involving five students.