About

Kiwi Can Do

Kiwi Can Do is funded by the Industry Partnerships division of the Ministry of Social Development to support the Construction Industry Accord. Our job is to work closely with employers to prepare and support unemployed New Zealanders into employment and a career. There are no fees or costs to employers or trainees for the Kiwi Can Do service.

The Construction Accord is an all-industry and government grouping with a mandate to create a high-performance construction sector that will help lead New Zealand’s economic recovery.

Our Courses

We encourage and support Job Seekers wanting to gain formal qualifications through the BCITO or other tertiary training. We work closely with Work and Income’s service centres and can introduce employers to their front-line staff to talk about other forms of direct financial support.

Kiwi Can Do has developed a range of new programmes that range from first-time Work and Income Job Seekers through to work ready programmes for those wanting to start their careers in construction and include:
Fast Track - which recognises previous construction industry experience.
Accelerated - wanting to change careers from hospo, tourism, retail or travel.
Truck Licences - driving jobs in passenger services, couriers, road building and more.
Work Ready Entry Level - grabbing the first rung of the ladder and getting into construction.

We cover building, painting, scaffolding, gib fixing and stopping, plus class 2 truck licences, along with wheels, tracks and rollers endorsements.

All of our candidates are kitted out with free steel cap boots, hi viz vests, earmuffs, safety glasses, sit Site Safe Passports, and gain high-impact CVs, and tutor references.


Our tutors

We have created a ‘Dad’s Army’ of retired or semi-retired Tradies, each with decades of work and life skills who want to pass on their knowledge to the next generation. They’ve brought up families, coached sports teams, trained apprentices. They work alongside trainees as mentors in the manner of a favourite uncle or grandfather.

Kiwi Can Do tutors are able to assess skill levels for the more advanced and offer training programmes for entry level work ready candidates that are almost exclusively hands-on with the tools. Kiwi Can Do has developed a highly effective “learning by being shown and then doing” programme.

Our field staff

Our field staff are recruiters with a deep understanding and experienced in identifying people with a positive attitude, a genuine desire to work, wanting to earn a living to support themselves and their families. We have candidates located in virtually all parts of the North Island.

Our priority is to find job opportunities close to home. If there is no work nearby, our graduates can opt to relocate to a bigger centre and they are financially supported by MSD to make the move. Kiwi Can Do physically assists them find a job, settle them into accommodation and ensure they have efficient travel plans to get to work.

Our in-work support programme means we stay in contact with candidates and their employers for six months—at least weekly in the first four weeks and monthly after that. It is our job to recognise issues an employer or employee is having and help resolve them to ensure Kiwi Can Do trainees transition smoothly into work and stay there.

Board

Corporate Team

  • Charlie Fuller

    National Relationships Manager Phone: 0274633316 Email: Charlie@kiwi-can-do.co.nz...

  • Dan Ryan

    Human Resources Manager Email: dan@kiwi-can-do.co.nz...

  • Millie Fuller

    Corporate Services Phone 0273440937 Email millie@kiwi-can-do.co.nz...

  • Paddy Forde
    Operations Manager

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

  • Selena Edmonds
    Administration Manager

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

Wellington Team

  • Atina Poloie

    Van Dispatcher/Employment Support Phone: 0272887388 Email: atina@kiwi-can-do.co.nz...

  • Char Bell-Tauava

    RPI - Wellington Region Phone: 027 294 2929 Email:...

  • Josh Hollis

    Wellington Area Manager Phone: 027 274 4498 Email: josh@kiwi-can-do.co.nz...

  • Julian Walls

    RPI - Wellington Region Phone: 0272973115 Email: Julian@kiwi-can-do.co.nz...

  • Kristina Romijn

    Course Administrator - Wellington Email: kristina@kiwi-can-do.co.nz...

  • Lynette Ellis

    RPI - Central Region Phone: 021 678 718 Email:...

Auckland Team

  • Amy Young

    RPI – Waikato/Bay of Plenty Phone: 027 295 3251...

  • Edward Beattie

    RPI - Northland Phone: 021 270 2345 Email: edward@kiwi-can-do.co.nz...

  • Jax Baxter

    Jax Baxter - Senior RPI Waikato/BOP/Coromandel Phone: 027 771...

  • Kris Nikora-Evans

    RPI - Auckland Phone: 027 267 7368 Email: kris@kiwi-can-do.co.nz...

  • Malia Reid

    Senior RPI – Auckland Sales Leader Phone: 027 353...

  • Paul Devening

    Auckland Area Manager Phone: 0273570665 Email: paul.devening@kiwi-can-do.co.nz Paul came...

  • Sue Higgins

    Course Administrator - Auckland Email: sue@kiwi-can-do.co.nz...

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