News: Te Ara Huringa ō Pupuwharau celebrates its first graduates.


Toi EDA in conjunction with Toi Ohomai celebrated the success of its first graduates of the Certificate in Warehousing and Distribution course that has been running at the new Eastern Bay Driver Operator Training Centre in Kawerau.

Six of the nine graduates along with their whanau attended a special morning tea put on at the centre to recognise the milestone achievement. Several of the students have overcome personal challenges that were viewed by many as barriers to success. One student described the experience as “life changing”.

Three of the graduates have now signed up for another course next year to work toward their Certificate in Heavy Vehicle Operations. The others are seeking employment in local industry or preparing to further their training through other programmes.
Andrew Watson, Facilities Manager for the centre, congratulated the students on their success and wished them well for their next steps. “Everyone seemed to have fun on the course, and I have seen changes in confidence levels over the past 17 weeks. It is awesome to see local people enjoying their learning experience and keen to make a difference in their lives.” 

In 2020 the centre will host a range of training options from 1 – 2 day courses aimed at license endorsements like forklift, dangerous goods, chemical and gas storage; as well as sixteen-week NZQA approved level 3 certificate courses including the Axiom Certificate in Study and Career Prep:  Commercial Transport and the Toi Ohomai Certificate in Heavy Vehicle Operations.

Te Ara Huringa ō Pupuwharau , was established by Toi EDA with financial assistance from the Provincial Growth Fund, to provide transport and logistics training across the Eastern Bay of Plenty.

“We’re thrilled to be helping celebrate so many graduates of industry-relevant programmes within a few months of setting the centre up. And it’s fantastic that some of them have jobs secured already.” says David Turner, Chair of Toi EDA. “This centre’s vital to helping the region thrive.”

For more information on training for a career in freight and logistics, contact Andrew Watson, the Facilities Manager for Te Ara Huringa ō Pupuwharau. Andrew can be contacted via email at , or phone 021 970 767.

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