Nixon, Career Navigator Student, Manurewa High School
Nixon was on the Career Navigator programme at Manurewa High School in 2013. He now has an apprenticeship with Vision Stream. He tells us :
"I’m 18 years old. At the moment I am working for Vision Stream and I am a telecommunication technician apprentice, focusing to be an operator by the end of two years or even before that. I got involved with Career Navigator through Manurewa High while I was doing the engineering trade academy.
The difference between Career Navigator and the normal classroom is that mentors come in and help you out. You get to know a lot more things about the outside world, rather than being stuck inside. We learned what to expect in the workforce, and life skills.
The mentor I had was Sunny. He is a part of the telecommunication area of Vision Stream. So he mentored me through school. Being mentored by Sunny was awesome. He is onto this, a typical Kiwi fellow.
Ever since I’ve been involved with Career Navigator, my life is going in the right direction. And I do know people that dropped out of school not being involved with Career Navigator. They’d rather drop out of school or they finished school, just doing nothing with themselves. "
Brad Millner Career Navigator Student, Manurewa High School
Eighteen-year-old Brad Milner was the Year 13 Manurewa High School (MHS) student chosen to be the first cadet for Halls Transport, which has set up a “cadetship” for one MHS student. Based in East Tamaki, Brad now works full time as a Logistics and Distribution Trainee.
Brad is grateful to Graeme Dingle Foundation and Halls Transport for giving him the opportunity to work and thrive in such a supportive environment.Brad is often working with people two to three times his age, which has helped him develop big plans for the future.
“It’s a huge opportunity and I feel very lucky to be in this role,” says Brad. “This role has opened doors for me and I hope that other companies will offer similar roles so that other young people will have an opportunity like this.”