• Don Bosco Students showing off their new equipment from Ara Institute of Canterbury
    Don Bosco Students showing off their new equipment from Ara Institute of Canterbury

2 September 2016

A delegation from New Zealand is in Samoa this week to conduct assessments and interviews for the second phase of the recruitment of carpenters from Samoa to work in New Zealand, under the Canterbury Trade Pilot Initiative programme.

The recruitment process is being conducted at the Don Bosco Technical College starting today.

The team from New Zealand includes two employers and representatives from the Ara Canterbury Institute of Technology.  The team from the Ara Institute presented carpentry tools and equipment for the Don Bosco Technical School today.

The Canterbury Trade Pilot Initiative is locally-linked to the Seasonal Employment Unit under the Ministry of the Prime Minister and Cabinet.  The Chief Executive Officer of MPMC, Agafili Shem Leo, acknowledged the assistance by the Government of New Zealand for recruiting local carpenters and also thanked ARA for donating tools for Don Bosco.

“This initiative reflects the close partnership between Samoa and New Zealand,” said Agafili, who also highlighted the fact that Samoa has already sent three carpenters under the scheme, during the first phase earlier this year, and is delighted that more tradespeople from Samoa will be recruited after the assessments this week.

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