Making a Difference in Petone
Media Release: 4 February 2014
Resurrecting a prefabricated building on Jackson Street into a Petone Community Hall is keeping a group of Wellington Institute of Technology (WelTec) plastering students busy during the final days of their Plasterboard Preparation and Finishing level 3 certificate.
Under the leadership of WelTec tutor Paul Kereopa (pictured second from right) the students have been inserting furring channels for a Rondo ceiling required before plastering can begin.
Peter Paul, a Petone Committee member of the Te Huinga o Te Whanau Trust and also a student on the programme realised the Hall would be perfect as a community project for the students providing them with “on the job experience” while at the same time making a difference for the residents of Petone. “WelTec students and communities benefit from this type of project. Winstone Wallboards and Mitre 10 Mega Petone provided the materials for the repairs and WelTec has provided the expertise,” says Peter Paul.
When the community project finishes next week both Peter Paul and Michael O ’Gram (pictured at left) will be on the job market armed with their new qualification. Employers wanting to contact Peter and Michael should ring Arnold Lomax – WelTec’s Jobs Broker (pictured third from left at rear) on 027 3834 909.
“There are still spaces left on the plastering certificate which starts on 3 March,” says Paul Kereopa. “9 of my students have already got jobs and most of the others are going onto study on our painting and decorating programmes or our brick, blocklaying, paving and tiling certificate. The employment outlook is particularly strong at the moment. It’s a good time to be learning a trade,” says Paul.