Tararua Alliance helping high school students into trades
WRITTEN BY DAVE MURDOCH
With huge demands for tradesmen, only going to increase when the new Manawatu-Tararua Highway begins, the Tararua Alliance decided four years ago to help high school students struggling to find future employment into the trades.
Working with UCOL which provides the course, the Alliance created a programme called Building Futures with the aim of training such students in the National Certificate in Civil Infrastructure Level 2.
UCOL provided the tutor while the Alliance gave up its training room at Oringi every Tuesday and provided facilities and training in the practical components of the course.
After the first year pilot programme the course has expanded with Tararua College providing the bulk of the students – eight last year and six of the ten this year. The balance this year comes from Palmerston North Schools, students crossing the ranges weekly.
PHOTO: Three students helped by Tararua Alliance to attend trades entry courses through UCOL at their graduation in March at Masterton. From left Matt Erard (Tararua Alliance Road Delivery Manager), three of the 15 who graduated and Eddie Charlton (Tararua Alliance 3Waters Delivery Manager) on the right.
The course runs for two terms during which the students gain certificates in work related skills like traffic management, first aid, drivers’ licences, wheels tracks and rollers as well as their Level Two Civil Infrastructure which cross-credits to NCEA.
The Alliance looks to provide on-going employment for promising graduates within its organisation and with sub-contractors it uses for at least three months and offers apprenticeships to the best.
One graduate from the first course is still working at The Alliance four years later. A total of 25 students have benefitted from the programme.
Another course starts at the beginning of Term Three. Contact the Tararua Alliance for further information on 06 374 5341.