About

What We Do

Kiwi Can DoKiwi Can Do is a programme that has been developed in response to the skills shortage in New Zealand and in particular the booming construction economies in Auckland, Hamilton and Tauranga. The demand for skills is predicted to run for another five years and is unprecedented.

There has never been a better time in New Zealand’s history to pull on a fluro, a hard hat and steel cap boots, learn a skill and become a Tradie.

Many people find it hard to grab the bottom rung of the employment ladder and get started. That’s where Kiwi Can Do makes a difference. We get New Zealanders work ready and work fit. We build confidence and we match our cadets up with employers.

Our Programmes

Our programmes are short, sharp and effective. Our contract with Work and Income means we are a free training, recruitment and placement service where everybody benefits.

We stay in touch for three months—twice weekly in the first four weeks and monthly after that.

During this time our job is to recognise issues an employer or employee is having and resolve them. We are a Government-funded service designed to manage and ensure Kiwi Can Do cadets transition smoothly into work and stay there.

We encourage our cadets and their employers to enter into training agreements to gain qualifications that recognise their skills worldwide.

Our Approach

The recruitment of cadets is a critical first step. Our candidates must:

  • Have a positive attitude and desire to work
  • Have the ability to work as required by the employer, listen, take instruction and learn
  • Be interested in the potential for career qualifications
  • Pass a drug test and be healthy and work fit
  • Have own mode of transport with appropriate licence (preferred)
  • Have clean criminal history (depending on the type of offence and when it took place)
  • Supply references for checking including approval for a Ministry of Justice check

What We Deliver

Kiwi Can Do Courses are designed to deliver:

  • Basic knowledge of the work environment
  • Understanding of work ethic
  • Employer expectations of their workers
  • Being part of a motivated team environment
  • Importance of workplace communication
  • Getting to work every day and on time
  • Career pathway /qualifications
  • Practical tuition and training
Kiwi Can Do’s business model for all of our programmes is constantly refined to better meet the work requirements of employers we are working with.

Our Team

our Team

  • Fran Wilde
    Chair

    The MP for Wellington Central in the 1980s Fran...

  • Iain Morrison
    Managing Director

    A former daily journalist on the Evening Post and...

  • Paddy Forde
    Operations Manager

    Paddy comes to Kiwi Can Do with a broad...

  • Carmel Penny
    Corporate Services Manager

    Carmel is the latest member of the management team...

  • Michelle Russell
    Auckland Employment Manager

    Michelle was born and raised as a country girl...

  • Selena Edmonds
    Administration Manager

    Selena is the glue that helps binds the organisation...

  • Rob Morrison
    Auckland Regional Manager

    Rob is a qualified builder and a Licensed Building...

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