It’s been an exciting couple of months here at iskills and we have plenty to celebrate! We are happy to be hiring again and would like to introduce some new staff:
Stephan Verrall is our new Trainer/Assessor (on the Electricity side of things), when he’s not showing learners the ropes, he is either mountain biking, camping, surfing, but not fishing… hates fish unless it’s on his plate!
Carolyn Scott is one of our new Competency Administrators in the power and gas team. In her spare time Carolyn enjoys going to the gym, travelling, aerial skills, and having her nose in a book!
Emma St Hill-Warren is a new Competency Administrator in the power and gas team also. Emma enjoys spending time with her young family, camping, traveling, boating and being on the water!
Debbie Armour, another Competency Administrator, is originally from Auckland. Debbie is looking after trainee coordination and funding for new apprentices. She enjoys spending time with her family at the beach, bike riding, going to zumba classes and being the ultimate foodie!
Anthea Mallasch is our new Administrator who looks after all administration processes and marketing. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with friends and family, dancing, being at the beach and travelling.
In August, we decided to expand our digital platform – introducing our new iskills Instagram page where you can keep updated with all the social happenings within the office, along with training and course updates.
We are also in the process of taking bookings for our Government Funded qualifications, including our NZ Certificate in Telecommunications Level 3 Qualification, NZ Certificate in Electricity Supply (Introductory) Level 2 and NZ Certificate in Electricity Supply (Line Mechanic Distribution) Level 4. Please see the bottom of this Newsletter to book our next block course intakes, along with our Chorus WTC training public dates.
Westpac Tauranga Business Awards – People and Culture 2020
After being interviewed by Roz Irwin from the Chamber of Commerce to gain regional business support for our Emerging Leaders Training Initiative, iskills has been nominated for the public vote for the People & Culture Award at the Westpac Regional Business Awards in November.
This award recognises businesses that have gone above and beyond for their people, have created a positive place to work and supported their team every step of the way through this challenging year.
We love our team culture here at iskills, and what an honor it is be worthy of a nomination! Vote for the iskills team below:
We’re branching out and expanding our digital footprint! We love how social our office can be and we want to share with all of you the “work hard, play hard” mentality our office thrives on – like going on our lunch time team walks, attending awesome events on well-being in the workplace, and the diary of our travelling dummy!
Be sure to keep up to date with all our updated courses, training dates and our office antics (including our famous dummy on the move!) Follow us on @iskills.co.nz
Be sure to check out all of our socials below:
To celebrate our new Instagram, we’re doing a FREE GIVEAWAY! For every new follower from the beginning to the end of October (from October 9th – October 31st) will be in the draw for some sweet iskills spot prizes!
All you have to do is follow us on Instagram (@iskills.co.nz) It’s that simple!
Don’t act like you wouldn’t LOVE this epic lunchbox/keep cup/beanie combo in your workplace! Perfect smoko set up, or perhaps even a secret santa! You have to be in it to win it! Click the link below to be into win!
Line Mechanics Block Course
In September, our trainers Cameron and Stephen took a couple Downer trainee line mechanics out to start their New Zealand Certificate in Electricity Supply (Line Mechanic Distribution) Level 4 in our very own backyard, the lovely Mount Maunganui.
Check out these photos (courtesy of Cam!) who created this fantastic contraption – it enables HV phase rotation, polarity test, earth continuity and voltage checks on HV and LV lines. Also lockout and applying earths all in a controlled environment. We love innovation at iskills!
Funding For Apprentices
Need a new trade? FREE iskills training for NZ Certificate in Telecommunications Level 3 with full training or on job assessment programs available. As NZ Certificate in Telecommunications Level 3 is becoming mandatory across some networks, be sure to get qualified! Trainees are supported by an iskills Trainee Coordinator in a COVID-19 safe environment.
FREE iskills training for NZ Certificate in Electricity Supply (Introductory) Level 2 and NZ Certificate in Electricity Supply (Line Mechanic Distribution) Level 4. Employ new trainees and benefit from a Government funded program – we can assist with apprenticeship boost applications. iskills graduates are network ready with WTCs and plant operator requirements. All trainees are supported by an iskills Trainee Coordinator in a COVID-19 safe environment. Block training is delivered in real life scenarios – project based learning with work packs and line construction environment. Not to mention, our pathways into fault response and field switching training.