Straight from school to the meat works – all Joshua Makea wanted at 16 was a bit of coin.
School wasn’t for him and he left with no qualifications.
“When I was younger I enjoyed hands-on stuff, working with machinery and sketching,” says 30-year-old Joshua from Hawera and of Ngati Ruanui descent.
“But as a teenager, I just wanted to get a job and get some money.”
From the meat works, Joshua tried his hand at forestry, before heading back to meat processing.
“When this opportunity to get certificates and a career came up, I grabbed it with both hands.”
The opportunity Joshua is referring to is the Māori and Pasifika Trades Training initiative, coordinated by Taranaki Futures and delivered by WITT. For 16 to 40 year olds, the scheme assists young Māori and Pasifika people gain qualifications, apprenticeships and employment in trades that are in demand in New Zealand. The programme brings together employers, trainers, students and their families to provide a seamless path to full-time employment.
Thanks to the initiative, Joshua is now working towards qualifications in mechanical engineering through the Western Institute of Technology at Taranaki (WITT).
“I really enjoy my studies. This is probably the best opportunity I have ever taken. It’s all falling into place for me,” says Joshua, who is going through the course levels, from trades basics to Level 4 engineering, so that he can be qualified to follow a career path he loves.
“I want to be a mechanical engineering contractor, designing and building with all types of metal.”
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