He Toki students celebrate success

During August over 60 He Toki ki te Rika (Māori Trade Training) students received their certificates at a celebration ceremony.

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Guest speaker Nancy McConnell, from the McConnell Group parent company of industry partners Hawkins.
Nancy with best overall He Toki student Te Auhia Solomon and He Toki carpentry 3 students on stage singing the He Toki waiata.

Whānau, friends, tutors, industry partners and representatives from Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu came to celebrate the success of the students.

Most of the graduates are now in work or have gone into further study to develop their skills.

He Toki trade training courses include carpentry, painting and decorating, plasterboard, plumbing, masonry, welding, fabricating, civil construction and drainlaying.

The students are taught at CPIT’s Trades and Innovation campus and learn in a cultural environment which involves tikanga and use of te reo.

To support transition of He Toki students into the workforce, Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu signed an agreement with Hawkins Construction. Hawkins agreed to help create employment opportunities for local Māori in the Canterbury region.

As part of this support Hawkins working with the students to design the work readiness passport. The work readiness passport is a checklist of practical skills which enable He Toki students to prepare for employment.

The idea originated from He Toki students who asked for something to show employers they were ready and eager for work. The He Toki students complete the work readiness passport alongside their pre-trade training course. Learning basic job search skills such as preparing a CV; personal skills such as the importance of time management; and also worksite skills such a basic understanding of health and safety.

For more information about He Toki please contact our He Toki Pastoral Care Coordinator Selau Ifopo on 021 416 347 or [email protected]

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