Whangarei Skills Workchoice Industry Experience Event

20 August 2019

Whangarei 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: Tuesday, 20 August 2019
Time: 10am – 3pm – Evening session 5.30pm – 8.30pm open to the public
Place: Whangarei Boys High School, Kent Road, Regent, Whangarei
Catering: Students will be required to bring their own lunch
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.

Chris Douglas
Northland Scaffolding

Chris & Karyn Douglas established Northland Scaffolding in 2002 and have 31 years experience in the building industry. Chris is an executive board member of the Scaffolding Access and Rigging association of New Zealand and has just completed his second term as President. He has a passion not only for his local community but also ensuring the scaffold industry is professional on every level. Chris is a huge supporter of providing employment and training opportunities for Whangarei.

Kim Nicholas
Head of Recruitment, The Warehouse Group

Kim Nicholas is the Head of Recruitment at New Zealand’s largest retailer, The Warehouse Group. She started her career on the shop floor at her local The Warehouse store before falling into the world of agency recruitment in the UK. When she came back to New Zealand she continued to work in agency recruitment and then had the opportunity to move back to The Warehouse Group where her team supports the employment of a 12,000 strong team. Kim will talk to you about the different career options within the retail environment.

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.

Roddy Walter
Ex-etco apprentice, former electrician & now Induction Officer at Etco

Raised in Kerikeri in the Far North, I enjoyed maths and science subjects at school. After finishing Year 13, I headed to Auckland to undertake a science degree. After a few years at university, I realised it wasn’t the best option for me, so I looked into other opportunities, and decided to pursue a trade, electrical in particular.

Looking at the different pathways to becoming an electrician, an apprenticeship through Etco seemed like the best option for me. I worked with a variety of electrical companies, starting in commercial construction of apartments, through to a new prison involving access control systems. I then had the opportunity to work with an industrial electrical company, specialising in hazardous area electrical installations. I worked in a variety of oil and gas facilities around Auckland and Northland, and when qualified I worked as the maintenance electrician at the Wiri Oil Terminal – the other end of the pipeline from the Marsden Point Refinery.

During this time, I became involved with tutoring night classes for Etco. I discovered I have a real passion for teaching and helping apprentices to become top electricians. I have since hung up my tools and taken on a full-time tutoring role within Etco, and I am really enjoying the new path my career has taken.

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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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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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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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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Northland Scaffolding has been servicing the Northland area for the past 18 years. Employing 40 staff we offer a range of modern scaffolding solutions to service the needs from residential, commercial and industrial clients.

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The Warehouse Group (TWG) is a New Zealand success story, founded by Sir Stephen Tindall and grown from The Warehouse; we are the largest general merchandise retailer in NZ with $3 billion in sales. TWG consists of four core retail brands – The Warehouse, Warehouse Stationery, Torpedo7 and Noel Leeming. We have 270+ retail stores, online stores as well as distribution and fulfilment centres throughout NZ. TWG employs over 12,000 people across New Zealand.

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NorthTec is Te Tai Tokerau’s largest tertiary education provider, offering over 100 programmes, campuses and learning centres throughout the region. We offer degrees, diplomas and certificates across a wide range of subjects – so you can get a great education with NorthTec, without leaving home! Start your future with NorthTec today.

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Regent Training Centre is a private training establishment which has been operating in Northland for over 30 years. We have campuses in Whangarei, Kerikeri, Kaitaia and New Lynn.

We currently deliver the following courses:
* Automotive
* Building levels 1, 2 and 3
* Health and Finess
* Hospitality
* ICT (Computing)
* Intensive Literacy and Numeracy

Our courses are all free, we provide free transport and provide lunches every day.

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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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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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Surf Life Saving Northern Region is the largest of the Surf Life Saving regions in New Zealand covering Auckland to the Far North, and as far south as Raglan.
In the last year Lifeguards across the Northern Region have performed:

  • 427 Rescues
  • 1009 First Aid Treatments
  • 139 Searches
  • 88’540 Volunteer Hours
  • 43’240 Preventative Actions
  • involving 128’348 People

Surf Lifesaving provides development and training opportunities in leadership, First Aid, Search and Rescue, Sport, Coaching, Instructing and more.

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We are proud Northland company with a big heart for people. Our mission is to prepare and improve people work lives. We are passionate about what we do, and we are always looking at how we can do things better through technology and business partnerships. Leadership in community education to employment project.

Work Advance assists young people identify career options, those looking for work and in work. Work Advance provides career planning, job search strategies and professional development services.

Whangarei e2e Digital Initiative
A website and digital maps that provide information on education providers and employment opportunities in the Whangarei District.

Special prizes

Register your school by Friday 2 August 2019 and be in to win exquisite catering for 10 to the value of $250 for your next party or event, thanks to Nourish Catering.

All attendees at the evening session are in the draw to win one of two prizes of a night at Quest Whangarei with breakfast, valued at $190 plus other spot prizes up for grabs!

Win a Smart TV with Plumbing World: all students can enter the draw at the Plumbing World and Masterlink stand. When they bring their parents/whanau back to the evening session the prize will be drawn from those present on the night.

Say Hi


0508 SKILLS (0508 754 557)

Postal Address

Freepost 5164, PO Box 24-469, Royal Oak, Auckland 1345

Register your school today

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