Building a new Life

24 AUG, 2020 | In the Media
Scott Morgan

Wilus Heka is loving being employed for the first time in 13 years.

The Glen Innes resident is working as a labourer for Triple C Contractors, thanks to the Tāmaki Jobs & Skills Hub.

“I had no job for 13 years. A good friend of mine told me to go to the Tāmaki Jobs & Skills Hub if I wanted a job.” After putting together his work history and CV at the hub, the team found a job for him within two weeks at Triple C. Having done a NZQA recognised Level 4 construction course before visiting the hub helped him secure the job. “The team at the hub are great. I feel very comfortable talking to them. They keep in touch regularly, which keeps me motivated.”

Wilus, 42, has also developed close relationships with all team members within Triple C. “The most important thing is keeping an open and honest relationship between myself and my project manager.” Wilus started off working with Triple C on a project for Tāmaki Regeneration in Pleasant Rd, Panmure, which involved a lot of demolition. Now he’s expanding his skills on a new build in Ponsonby, which means building from the bottom up. That’s included reinforcing walls, working on the roof and a strong health and safety focus. “They know they can trust me. Not many people have trusted me during my life, so that’s really important to me.”

He grew up in Panmure and now lives in Glen Innes. Triple C managing director Lisa Welsh says Wilus has been a fantastic worker since joining the company about a year ago. Wilus has shown he is willing to go the extra mile at work on several occasions, Lisa says. “A great example of Wilus’ dedication is when we were working at Pleasant Rd there was some grass that we sowed over Christmas. “Wilus offered to water it because he lived in the area. He didn’t need to do that, but it’s the type of stuff Wilus is willing to do. The thing about our team is it’s not about titles or the certificates we hold. It’s about making everyone successful.”

GREAT CONNECTION WITH THE HUB 

During the Pleasant Rd project, Triple C worked alongside the Tāmaki Jobs & Skills Hub, employing three staff. Two of them continue to work for the company, with one being offered an apprenticeship.

“We have built a great relationship with the team and will continue to employ more staff through the hub with future projects,” Lisa says. Triple C Contractors also promotes and invests in all avenues of trade training with over 16 apprentices, including one from the hub.

Tāmaki Jobs & Skills Hub manager Alice Taupau says it is great that Wilus is developing his skillset by working with Triple C. “Wilus is a great example of someone who has started off working with a company that operates in Tāmaki and is now learning so much more about the building trade on other projects around the city. “The hub team is really proud of Wilus and will continue to support him on his employment journey.”

TĀMAKI JOBS & SKILLS HUB

• Over the past five years, more than 770 Tāmaki people have found work through the Tāmaki Jobs & Skills Hub. Thirty-one of these workers have been helped into building apprenticeships.

• The Tāmaki Jobs & Skills Hub helps job seekers get work ready by offering support with writing CVs, providing career advice, applying for jobs online, driver licence training, job matching, and mentoring.

• The range of industries include construction, logistics, manufacturing, hospitality, retail and administration, among others.

• In the last financial year (to June 2020), the hub supported 181 local people into work.

• Over the same period, 140 local people gained a driver’s licence, 16 completed professional training and 12 entered into further education through the Tāmaki Jobs & Skills Hub.

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