Council’s cadet scheme

One of Kaipara district council’s new cadets, Gage Pengelly

The Kaipara District Council has recently welcomed Jazzmine Jackson and Gage Pengelly, both from Ruawai, to their offices for a 10-month cadetship.

The cadet scheme is run in partnership with the Ministry of Social Development to help local unemployed young people get a career on track.

After being referred by WINZ and formally interviewed by the council, “it felt really good to be selected because there was a time when we thought there would only be one cadet,” said Gage.

“I was really happy when I got the call back from the interview, as I didn’t think I’d get it,” said Jazzmine.

Human resources manager Peter Marshall said that they try and match the candidates with their career aspirations, so Jazzmine is working with the customer service team and Gage is working between the administration and IT team.

“At the end there may be vacancies we have that are suitable for them. But as a minimum they will end up getting very good training and work experience which will set them up for their future career, either with us or with other organisations.”

The scheme has had success with previous cadets — some within the council and some elsewhere. One of Gage’s mentors in IT also came through the scheme. “I’m finding it really exciting and enjoyable. He said.

I’m in IT and that’s what I want to do for a living. I went for this because I really wanted it. If you want something just go for it.”


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