Article from the AWCI Insight Newsletter
The Kiwi Can Do programme, which has been developed in association with AWCI to identify good young people with a positive attitude who want to transition from the dole to a career in the construction industry, has beefed up the
stopping part of its practical training.
Tauranga plasterer Ray Bradford was nominated and accepted a part-time position with the Kiwi Can Do team for its North Island training programmes. He joins another Tauranga interiors tradey Barry Staples whose specialist areas are plasterboard fixing, steel frame construction and suspended ceilings.
Kiwi Can Do provides a basic four week training course for AWCI and Master Painter cadets wanting a start in the plasterer, fixing or painting industries. The programme director Iain Morrison said because of the demand for stoppers he decided to boost the plastering side of the basic training.
“The course now gives a more thorough appreciation of fixing, painting and stopping and enables the cadets to keep their options open when we take them out for job interviews,” Morrison said.
“We have now run five AWCI Kiwi Can Do cadetship courses. One was held in Hamilton specifically for the Waikato and
four have been run from a rented factory in Onehunga. We wanted to stay away from the classroom scene and have a genuine working environment where its hands on with tools.
“Onehunga is also an extremely handy location for contractors to drop by, have a cuppa tea, watch the cadets at work and chat to them,” Morrison said.
“There have been 122 cadets through the five courses and of these 46 opted for plasterboard fixing or stopping. Interestingly of the latest course of 18 cadets 14 have asked opted for the fixing or stopping in preference to painting,” he said.
Work and Income measured the programme performance on the percentages obtaining an initial fulltime work contract and the Kiwi Can Do transition to work is running at about 80 percent.
“Once in work our contract requires us to provide pastoral care for three months, which coincides with the standard probationary period. This means small businesses get a free recruitment and HR service, which is an area that’s fraught with difficulty and frustration for those who only occasionally go through the process.”
Morrison said after the three month trial period is completed the cadets and the employer are encouraged to enter into a training agreement with the BCITO for plaster board fixing and stopping jobs.