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June 07th, 2017

Competenz school visits for Samoan Language Week 2017

Samoan Language week marks an important time of the year in Competenz’s multicultural team.

To celebrate the Samoan Language week, our very own Pasifika Careers Advisor Iani Nemani lead the visit of five selected secondary schools across Auckland.  These visits include Aorere College, McAuley High School, St Paul’s College, Southern Cross Campus and Onehunga High School. Competenz Samoan Committee has worked tirelessly to ensure the smooth running of each visit, including coordinating Samoan guest speakers for each school.

The continuous support from our high calibre apprentices is instrumental in our success to connect with Samoan students, teachers and career advisors.

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Amongst the great apprentice speakers of the week are Tau from Pacific Steel, print apprentice Frank Uati from Philstic Labels and mechanical engineering apprentice Amia McFarland from Auckland Meat Processors Ltd.

“Doing an apprenticeship has changed my life, and my family’s and I want to get out there to spread the message to the Pasifika community. Trades is a great career option for everyone. My family is so proud of my achievement so far, and this is just the beginning.” says Frank Uati, a current apprentice with Philstics Labels.

“I love what I do, and I have learnt so much. With the skills that I have gained, I know that the world is my oyster.”

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The week-long school visits proved popular by the students with Aorere College, McAuley High School and St Paul’s College students performing for team Competenz at the end of each visit.

Throughout the week, our amazing Samoan team of Emma Saulo, Melissa Key and Va'a Lisone was the pillar of support for the successful school visits which resulted in 91 students who had registered interest in trades. 

We would like to thank all the students, teachers and career advisors who have been so generous with their time to share this unique event with us.