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10 — Howick and Pakuranga Times, Thursday, March 9, 2017 www.times.co.nz ADD ROOM, ADD VALUE Call for an obligation-free design, measure and quote. Phone 0800 SHADES or 0800 742 337 or visit www.shadesdirect.co.nz 12 MONTHS INTEREST FREE 30% Deposit Lending Credit Criteria and Terms & Conditions appy. For more details contact your local Shades Direct agent. THE OUTSIDER Aluminium Awning System 99% UV Protection Engineered for very high wind zones 5 YEAR Warranty JE0340 132E Cavendish Drive, Manukau City | PH: (09) 263 0145 M: 022 043 1589 | E: email@example.com 7B Douglas Alexander Parade, Albany | PH: (09) 263 0145 M: 027 787 4736 | E: firstname.lastname@example.org www.bathandtile.co.nz CP1280-V3 If you have a level 7 qualification in skills shortage areas you may qualify for Work Connect. Introductory workshops are taking place at Auckland Central, Botany, New Lynn and Albany libraries and at Careers New Zealand, Eden Terrace between 7 February and 18 April 2017. Work Connect is a free career mentoring programme to help you get ready for the New Zealand job market. For more information and to register for the programme visit a participating library or phone 0800 222 733 and quote Work Connect*. *Eligibility criteria applies. Work Connect is a Migrant Futures initiative from Careers New Zealand. Are you a skilled migrant or an international student? LOOKING FOR WORK? CP1332 They are not shy about being Active in Hell. For those who don’t know what that means, Active in Hell is a pro- gramme run by Hell pizza that gives young people with intel- lectual disabilities an opportu- nity to work in a commercial kitchen. The idea behind it is to empower them with paid- training and prepare them for a job in a professional set-up. In the pursuit of being a champion of the underdog, Hell has teamed up with IHC/ IDEA (Intellectual Disabil- ity Empowerment in Action) Services. They put more than 50 youths with intellectual disabilities through it’s paid training programme with at least seven gaining permanent employment.” Dene Kendall, franchisee owner of Hell, on Botany Road, says he found the experience of training Vincent Choi, a young lad with intellectual disability, very rewarding. “When the opportunity arose to train Vincent, I grabbed it,” he says. “Training reminds you of the skills you have and it’s important to pass it on,” says Mr Kendall, a resident of Gol- flands who has been part of the hospitality business for more than three decades. He says he enjoyed spending one-on-one time with the young recruit . “I’d call him an hour early, before we opened shop,” he says. “That’s the time the dough is prepared — and a pizza is all about getting the dough right. I would take him through the paces — involving hygiene, preparation of vegetables, turning on the oven, getting prepared for service to the cus- tomer and cutting the pizza,” he enthuses. “I spent time solely with him and even taught him how to take his own order, learn the computer system and operate the till.” Mr Kendall says this is an experience he’d like to repeat and is keen to take on another young recruit with special needs in the area. Ben Cumming, general man- ager Hell says: “While the offer of a full-time role at the end of the training is not a stated goal of the programme, it’s great to see trainees who have proven to be valuable members of the workforce.” Krissy Gain, supported employment coordinator for IHC’s IDEA Services and national coordinator of Active in Hell, says that paid train- ing is ‘an amazing and exciting opportunity’. “It provides participants with much-needed independ- ence and a sense of being val- ued for the work they do,” she says. Comprising of two two-hour sessions per week, the paid training is tailored to each par- ticipant and covers everything from mandatory health and safety education to preparing food for sale. “Like any other teenager, those with an intellectual dis- ability need some support to transition from school or col- lege to the workforce. Partici- pants also gain skills that many of us take for granted, such as time management, planning travel, keeping uniforms clean and overall personal responsi- bility,” Ms Gain says. Historic Panmure District School located at 87 Mt Wellington Highway will be holding a school reunion, and open public day on the November 25, 2017. The school was established in 1875 and has a rich history in the Mt Wellington, Pakuranga area. The board of trustees is asking all former pupils, and staff members to contact the school direct, or on the schools face book page, and spread the word. Historical day organiser and ex-pupil John Lehmann says: “The school has so much history to it, its natural we save it. “Even now it’s very much like a country school with a small roll, and small classes. It’s one of the area’s best kept secrets although many from Pakuranga and Howick will have attended.’’ Plans are underway to have some classes done out in the late 1800s, early 1920s and 1950s eras with period dress and story tellers to help deliver more authenticity. Garth Barfoot, a director of estate agency Barfoot & Thompson, was a pupil in the 1940s and is strong supporter of the school and will be a guest speaker. Sailing legend Brad Butterworth, of America’s Cup fame, is also ex-pupil and says he has “very fond memories of that school’’. The school is asking anyone that has any old photos, history, or any information on the school too contact them. The school is also seeking people to assist in running the reunion. Hell steps up with plan to empower skills: Young Vincent was a part of the Active in Hell programme run by Hell in Botany. Photo supplied Did you attend Panmure District School?
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