Got a Trade Week: learning about a career in engineering


25 August 2015

Touring the engineering workshop of Auckland-based Metal Skills as part of national Got a Trade Week has proved a good way for jobseekers from One Tree Hill College and their Technology Teacher Jeff Harnish to learn about a career in engineering and gain tips for getting started.

These students join other students, teachers and jobseekers who are taking part in one of 26 Competenz Discovery Tours across the country. These tours are an opportunity to visit a local workplace to learn about the career options available in trades and services industries and the work involved.

Got a Trade Week is also a chance to hear from current trades apprentices who are enjoying the benefits of training on-the-job in their chosen trade.

“The trades offer great career opportunities,” says Rachel Hopkins, Competenz General Manager Marketing and Communications and Chair of the national Got a Trade campaign.

“Apprentices are earning while they learn and they finish their training with a job in their chosen field – not looking for one. They’re also gaining practical skills they can use from day one and qualifications that are recognised by employers across New Zealand.

“Plus New Zealand needs more skilled tradespeople. This means good employment prospects and opportunities to build successful careers, which may include owning a business one day and travelling overseas.”

Competenz customer Metal Skills joins 25 other companies which have generously opened their doors to host a Competenz Discovery Tour.

About national Got a Trade Week (21 to 28 August 2015)
Got a Trade Week is a national campaign, chaired by Competenz and supported by seven industry training organisations, that promotes and celebrates careers in New Zealand’s trades and service industries and the benefits of learning on-the-job.

More information

  • Watch Television One’s breakfast show on Thursday 27 August
  • Meet one of our Competenz heroes in the engineering industry - click here.

Photo: Students from One Tree Hill College tour the Metal Skills factory. Left to right: Phillip Ward (Operations Manager), Jeff Harnish (Technology teacher), Gerard Robbins (Competenz account manager), year 12 students Charden, Damian and Xavier.

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