Great advice for students at Jobs & Skills Hub trades day

22 OCT, 2020 | Tāmaki News

Employers from different trades helped local students start thinking about which industry is right for them at the annual Tamaki Jobs & Skills Hub trades day. The students were treated to lunch as they listened to the employers, who all agreed the hub is an awesome resource for local schools.

“I wish we had this kind of place in my day,” Peter McInally, owner at Trilect Electrical, told the students. His advice for them is simple. “If you can’t find a job, go and find some volunteer work. Don’t think small, think big.”

Aki Pulu, a health and safety advisor for Piritahi – a team of companies that makes government land ready to build houses on - encouraged the students to absorb as much knowledge as possible. “Stick with a good boss and learn as much as you can in your 20s and 30s,” he says.

Another speaker - ASR Drainage owner James Rodley – is a former Maori All Black. He told the students having an apprenticeship to fall back when he retired from the game at 27 was really important. “I was lucky my dad didn’t let me sit around at home and do nothing when I left school. “In business, I’ve surrounded myself with really positive people. Now I can support my family and support my dad.

Hub apprentice Junior Mafileo, told the students he’s had a great experience at the hub. “I didn’t know what to do after school, then I came across the hub and they helped me out with my options. “I didn’t know if I wanted to take on building, but I was fortunate enough to get an apprenticeship.” Junior is keen on pursuing a professional rugby/league career. But he agrees with James that “having something to fall back on if footy doesn’t go well is really important”.

Hub manager Alice Taupau says they’ll always be there to support the students. “Ïf there’s one thing I want the students to take-away from today’s event, it’s that we are here to support our school leavers. The 2020 world looks a little different to what their older siblings or friends walked into, when they left school. Some of our students may be a little anxious and unsure and we want them to know that the Tamaki Jobs & Skills Hub team are here to tautoko them”.