Ka Hiko ai te iwi! Future power of the people!

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Ka Hiko is Contact’s new training and employment initiative which aims to put our whānau into jobs and training.


We want you!

We're looking for people interested in job opportunities in trades and construction to participate in our programme.

We'll put you on a pre-trade training course and provide you with on-the-job hours to help you find an apprenticeship or job with one of our contractors on site.

Contact Energy - Te Mata Hiko has several geothermal power stations in Taupō and has recently started construction on a new 152-Megawatt power station at Tauhara.

This development creates an opportunity for training during the construction phase. It will also generate lots of jobs, that we want to ensure our local whanau can be part of.


What will you get out of it?
Ka Hiko will coordinate work experience with employers to ensure all training requirements are completed to industry standards.

On completing this course these trainees (ākonga) will have the skills and experience to safely start work on site or start an apprenticeship.  Ākonga will be able to:

· Apply safe work practices while working at height

· Safely handle heavy loads manually and using a forklift

· Handle and erect scaffolding to five metres in height

· Provide First Aid


To be eligible ākonga must:
· Be able to pass a pre-employment medical check and drug tests

· Be physically able to demonstrate competency - climb and lift weights

· Weigh less than 135 Kilograms - maximum weight for a harness


Then, all you need is to:
· Be a New Zealand citizen or have the right to work in New Zealand

· Be reliable, hardworking and have a great attitude

· Complete the ‘Registration of Interest’ application form

. Attach supporting documents listed below; 
   -Curriculum Vitae
   -Proof of qualifications e.g., NZQA record, certificates etc.   
   -Drivers License 
   -Another form of ID e.g. Birth Certificate, Passport or Kiwi Access 18+ card


All the best with your application. If you have any questions about Ka Hiko, email [email protected]

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