Building a pipeline of jobs in Tamaki

More than 300 Tāmaki people have found work through Tāmaki Regeneration Company’s jobs and training programmes.



The Tāmaki Jobs and Skills Hub has been running since late 2013. It helps job seekers get work ready by offering support with things like writing CVs, providing career advice, applying for jobs online, driver licence training, job matching, and mentoring for the first year of employment.


Local people have been placed into a range of industries through the hub, including construction, logistics, manufacturing, hospitality, retail and administration.
In the last financial year, the jobs and skills hub helped 95 local people into work. The aim is to scale that up to at least 150 people a year.


TRC strategy and performance general manager Shelley Katae says the company’s plans to deliver 7500 new houses in Tāmaki over the next 10 to 15 years will create a lot of jobs.

"Tāmaki is a great community. It has a youthful, diverse population but it is also an area of high unemployment. The regeneration of the area is an opportunity to turn that around," she says.


"We see the housing development as a catalyst for creating sustainable employment opportunities for Tāmaki people. That’s why our development contracts require developers to employ local people.


"When you support someone into a job, you don’t just help that one individual. You also help them to better provide for their whānau."


Working with key players in the employment industry is important to the hub’s success, Shelley says. The hub is a partnership between the Ministry of Social Development, the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment, the Auckland Chamber of Commerce and the Building and Construction Industry Training Organisation (BCITO).


Auckland Chamber of Commerce general manager employment Leah Gates says it’s exciting to have hit the milestone of 300 people into employment, particularly as many are young people in their first jobs.


"The services that we wrap around job seekers help to prepare people to enter or re-enter the workforce. It all makes a huge difference to people’s lives. Most of all it’s about giving the Tāmaki community confidence and connections to a network of businesses.


"Once we’ve placed someone into work, we keep in touch with that person and their employer to make sure they are both happy and supported."


BCITO skills hub advisor Andy Cowan says there are huge opportunities in the construction industry. "So far, we’ve got three Tāmaki College graduates into apprenticeships. They have really proven to themselves that they can step up and work hard.


"Going forward we want to continue to strengthen relationships with our construction partners so we can build a pipeline of local people into apprenticeships."


About Tāmaki Regeneration Company


Tāmaki Regeneration Company (TRC), which is jointly owned by the Crown and Auckland Council, is leading a first of its kind urban regeneration programme across the East Auckland suburbs of Glen Innes, Panmure and Point England.


Over the next 20 years, TRC will replace about 2500 state houses in the area with approximately 7500 state, affordable and private market houses. State housing tenants who are affected by redevelopment will have the opportunity to stay in Tāmaki.