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Apprentices learning on the job

Citycare has always had a strong commitment to supporting on-the-job learning through apprenticeship pathways.  

Jacob Thompson-Looij and Hayden Thompson are Landscape Apprentices within the Citycare Civil team in Christchurch. 

They are both about to commence their Level 4 New Zealand Certificate in Landscape Construction through the Primary ITO.

Recently they have been working on Citycare Civil’s Heathcote River dredging and bank stabilisation project.

The best thing about the apprenticeship for Jacob is “learning new skills and being able to put them into practice.” 

Hayden says, “I enjoy more hands-on skills and learning about water enhancement projects, bank stability, data entry and working with hydro barriers.”

The apprentices have also worked on the Marshlands Road timber drain re-alignment project.

“It’s great to support keen and talented young people and observe as they develop and become excellent future Citycare employees, growing in understanding of our work in connecting communities through the infrastructure we build and maintain,” Citycare Civil Executive General Manager Mike Killick says.

“To provide the best services for the communities where we operate, the Citycare approach is to employ local people to look after local assets,” Executive General Manager People, Safety and Sustainability Leeanne Carson-Hughes says.

“Also, encouraging young people to learn about careers in construction and infrastructure is a key part of Citycare’s industry role,” Leeanne says.

“We support a range of initiatives and partnerships designed to attract young people to the range of training and workplace opportunities we offer.

“We love the idea of our workforce reflecting the communities where we work. When people work locally, they’re more engaged and committed,” Leeanne says.

Around the country Citycare offers graduate and field leadership programmes, traineeships and apprenticeships from painting trainees to graduate civil and environmental engineers.

A number of apprentices are working for Citycare Property: Matt Clark (carpentry), Suila Pepa (Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning - HVAC), and Tatum Tipu and Sam Cody are studying to be arborists.

There are six apprentices in Citycare Water currently: drainage apprentices Carl Denham and David Taumoeanga are based in South Auckland; Bradley Owen, Nathan Heppel-McLeod and Tony Milne are in the Clutha District team; and Joel Early works in New Plymouth.

The appeal of an apprenticeship is to earn money while getting skills and qualifications and there’s lots of pre-trade training around New Zealand to give prospective apprentices a taste of working in a particular industry.


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