Auckland Skills Workchoice Industry Experience Event

22 August 2019

Auckland Skills Workchoice Industry Experience Event

Skills’ Workchoice Industry Experience event provides a great opportunity to inspire Year 11 to Year 13 students, get them excited about their futures and to help them meet their potential, so pencil it into your calendar and we’ll be in touch with more details in the future.

A sneak peek at what students will be exposed to:


Social influencers on a mission to inspire the next generation of tradies


A panel of industry experts talking about their experiences


Exhibitors from a range of companies and training providers


Fun, games, hands-on activities and prizes!

Event Details

Cost: Free
Date: Thursday, 22 August 2019
Time: 9am – 1.30pm
Place: Manurewa High School, 67 Browns Rd, Manurewa
Catering: A light lunch will be provided
Transport: Your school will be responsible for transporting its students to and from the venue
Release Forms: Students will need to have their parents sign and return a release form, to ensure they have legal permission to attend the event. Click here to download the form.


Jesse James and Logan Dodds
The Trade Up Collective

As young, passionate plumbers – Jesse James and Logan Dodds love their trade and the opportunities it has afforded them.
Logan credits his career in plumbing for a solid foundation, great work ethic, and ability to work from anywhere in the world. Jesse left school at 16 to pursue his plumbing apprenticeship. Once qualified, he headed to America to live and work – chasing his dreams, funded by his solid trade.

The boys’ over-arching message is clear: With a good attitude, and a trade under your belt, the world truly is your oyster.

Anton Tusani
Shaolin Electrical

Following years of servicing the greater Auckland area as a Registered Electrician, Anton Tusani established Shaolin Electrical in 2016 and has since grown the team. He has over 10 years’ experience in the Electrical field and ensures Shaolin’s work is high quality and efficient.

CPB Contractors

Raised in Coromandel, Kellie describes herself as an average student who often struggled in the school learning environment. Her first taste of the workforce was her mum organizing school holiday work sweeping the shop floor and serving customers for a screen printer and packing grocery bags and stocking shelves at the local Four Square. Fast forward to present day she puts her current achievement working as an HR Coordinator down to creating the right attitude, learning how to communicate, build relationships, surrounding herself with the right people, resources and tools to get her through the challenging times and continuing to strive forward. Kellie has a vision and a true desire to help people create the right attitude, to see their own inner potential and map succession by growing and nurturing their own natural abilities. She believes by creating the right mindset and awareness around how we communicate, act and react, we can break down the barriers that hold us back from achieving and believing in ourselves. It all begins from within.

Brendon Van Rooyen

Brendon was born in Zimbabwe, and his family had to leave in 1999 due to safety reasons. They emigrated to England where he went to school until 2008. Brendon says “I ended up leaving school with mainly C grades but went on to study Engineering in a technical college. As I grew older, I started as a labourer in construction and landed myself a job as junior Architectural technician. I did this for 6 months but found sitting in an office day in and day out with little communication between people very hard, so I started looking for other opportunities. I had a friend who was a stud welder for a company in the UK and I got a job as a trainee steel decker and stud welder. I have been it doing ever since and love it. It has given me endless opportunities to better progress my career and me as a person. Construction has also allowed me to travel a lot and see many different countries and get paid for it.”

The boys’ over-arching message is clear: With a good attitude, and a trade under your belt, the world truly is your oyster.

Jeremy Sole

Jeremy Sole is the Chief Executive Officer of the Electrical Training Company, commonly known as Etco. Etco currently employs more than 700 electrician apprentices and trains over 2,200 which is more than 50% on New Zealand’s electrical apprentices. At Etco, Jeremy works with a really cool team of dedicated people and spends time lobbying Parliament, and at industry events and conferences in NZ and Australia. Having left school to take on an apprenticeship, Jeremy then had roles in service management, sales, training, management, as a business owner, and politics. Jeremy says his career has been ‘careering all over the place’ with interesting jobs rather than a planned career. His working life is a good demonstration of what you can do with the confidence, tenacity, self-belief and analytical mindset you develop while working towards a trade qualification. Jeremy says trade qualifications are a gateway – not a destination.

Sponsors & Exhibitors

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Plumbing World NZ – the only 100% New Zealand Owned National Plumbing Merchant
With over 50 years’ experience, branches nationwide, stocking all the leading brands at competitive prices, and 100% Kiwi – owned and backed by tradies for tradies we know what it takes to make it in the Plumbing Industry.
And now’s the time to consider a career in the plumbing trades. Plumbing is one of the most lucrative trades out – once you’re qualified there’s nothing stopping you from starting your own business and really going for it. Sound interesting? We’ve got the industry contacts to get the ball rolling on an apprenticeship right away!
If you think a lucrative future in the Plumbing, Gasfitting, Drainlaying or associated trades could work for you, come see ‘your team in black’ and who knows… you could have the career of your dreams before you know it!

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We connect successful candidates with NZ plumbing, gasfitting & drainlaying businesses.
Masterlink set you up with a mentor who supports you to complete your qualifications on time and with good marks.
As soon as you start your apprenticeship, you earn a regular wage. We pay you while you get qualified and we pay your training fees.
Masterlink is a group apprentice training scheme, owned by respected membership organisation Master Plumbers, Gasfitters and Drainlayers NZ.

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Remarkable Property + Construction Services
Remarkable Roofing Limited
Services: Edge Protection, Safety Netting, Wall Cladding, Roof Installation &
Waterproof Membranes
Our Roofing business has built an enviable reputation for delivering complex waterproofing design and installations on high profile sites around New Zealand. We work with top Lead Contractors in New Zealand and apply best practice Health and Safety Management and Systems to ensure that our teams are safe, and PCBU’s can evidence a high standard (above reasonably practicable) of due- diligence in appointing contractors. Our strength is in delivering installations that are timely and cost-effective.

Remarkable Stud Welding & Metal Decks
Remarkable King Flooring Limited
Services: Structural Steel, Safety Netting, Composite Flooring & Stud Welding
Our Metal Decking systems have been proven to be fast, cost-effective and safer in the application when compared with other composite flooring installers and alternative systems. We have positioned ourselves to offer a premium service in both our effectiveness on site but also in partnering with our customers in the early stages of design and building consent. We have also partnered with established contractors across New Zealand to provide structural steel, concrete and composite flooring packages. In doing this, we ensure a seamless build process.

Remarkable Apprenticeship Programme
Remarkable is a big supporter of the Auckland Airport Skills Hub (ARA), along with many local schools. We continue to work with Ara, schools and other Skills hubs around New Zealand to hire local area students and support them into a rewarding career in construction through our apprenticeship programme and student pathways. If you are interested in hearing more from us about how we hope to make a positive difference in local communities, please reach out. There are always opportunities where we can work with customers to better deliver our services and positive future for our young New Zealanders.

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Etco is the largest employer of apprentices in New Zealand. We operate in the electrical sector and our apprentices graduate as registered electricians usually with experience in commercial, industrial and domestic areas. Etco apprentices go on to be successful electricians, some start their own businesses, some specialise in high tech industrial and marine installations, some travel and earn with their skills, and some go on to university. This is a future proof and exciting and challenging career gateway – much of the high-tech stuff our apprentices will work with in their careers hasn’t even been invented yet.

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CPB Contractors is the CIMIC Group’s construction company, with a team of around 23,000 people working at operations across Australia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Asia and India. We combine the construction track record and expertise formerly delivered by Leighton Contractors and Thiess, leading Australian companies established in 1949 and 1934 respectively. Our name draws from heritage and capability that are important for our company, including Construction, Civil, Projects and Building, as well as the expertise of our People.
CPB Contractors delivers projects across all key sectors of the construction industry, including roads, rail, tunnelling, defence and building.
We share the CIMIC Group principles of Integrity, Accountability, Innovation and Delivery.
Safety underpins everything we do.

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If you can think on your feet, are driven to succeed, are a people person and have a fit, healthy lifestyle, firefighting might be the career for you. Learn more about becoming a part of our volunteer community and how to register your interest. Find out about the range and variety of career pathways that you can go into within the Fire Service in New Zealand and overseas.

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The NZDF (NZ Defence Force) has over 100 different trades and will be taking on hundreds of new recruits early in 2020. No matter what you’re into, we’ve got a job for you! Come have a chat to the team to learn about the opportunities a Defence Career can offer.

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Red Badge Group – Best People – Best Protection
Red Badge Group specialise in the protection of people, infrastructure and commercial assets. We are employ a number of part-time and full-time staff across Auckland. We are nationally recognised as industry leaders in the training and development of our people. Red Badge Group are looking for great people keen to grow into these new roles and who are motivated by the thought of gaining skills, National Certificate Qualifications and leadership opportunities, while they work.
Within the group are three divisions;

  • Red Badge Security; providing security services to event and hospitality clients
  • Awesome Events; providing hosting and customer service staff to venues and event clients
  • Red Security; providing manned security and protection solutions for people, infrastructure and commercial assets.
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Ara Auckland Airport Jobs and Skills Hub was established to support employment opportunities and training development for people who live in South Auckland to find work in the Airport precinct – why travel into town when the jobs are here!

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New Age, highly skilled, Auckland-based scaffolding company working in both the residential & Commercial industry.

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Techtorium’s mission is to create IT professionals through excellence in education. Studying at Techtorium is all about learning the real word skills required to set you up for a career in computer engineering or software development. At our activation space you will be able to see examples of the projects and have a go with some practical activities.

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Kiwa is a Private Training Establishment that provides an innovative, interactive and inspiring learning environment that promotes quality programme delivery.
Kiwa has been delivering educational programmes for 35 years and is registered and accredited by the New Zealand Qualifications Authority since 1993 and is based in Papakura, South Auckland.


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This is a great opportunity for your students to feel more informed about their post-high school study and employment options, so don’t let the opportunity pass them by.

Registrations close on 10 August 2019