Whakaahu Whakamua

We are proud to partner with MSD to deliver the Whakaahu Whakamua Adult Work-Ready programme. Whakaahu Whakamua means to head towards the future.

Whakaahu Whakamua was developed to āwhi (assist, help, support) work-ready adults looking to join or re-join the workforce into sustainable careers.

We run this programme across Tai Tokerau, from from Kaikohe, Kerikeri in the Mid North, down to Whangārei and across to Dargaville in the Kaipara.

Our staff are dedicated to their work, and passionate about supporting our ākonga (learners), into discovering more about themselves, their capabilities, growing their confidence, and securing mahi that they enjoy.

We run our Whangarei course from our Hannah Street office. Additional programme locations are selected across Dargaville, Kerikeri and Kaikohe.

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If you would like more information about our Whakaahu Whakamua programme, send us an email and our team will reply within 24 hours during business hours, Monday to Friday.

Unlike most employability skills programmes available to adults, we understand that people need support outside of the classroom. That is why we provide wrap-around pastoral support to all ākonga for six months after our course. This support gives every ākonga the greatest chance of long-term success.

Whakaahu Whakamua consists of seven weeks of employability workshops and pastoral care support. Workshops are based on the soft skills that employers look for in new staff. Pastoral support is provided for 22 weeks further to ākonga, to assist them in securing and maintaining sustainable employment or higher learning.

We believe what works for our Māori learners, works for all our learners (Berryman, M., & Bishop, R. (2001). Te Kotahitanga research project). Aspects of our programme focuses on Māori culture and whakapapa, as these concepts are useful, inspiring, and educational, to people of all cultures.

Tai Tokerau Trades Training kicked off Whakaahu Whakamua in October 2020. We have already seen success with programme graduates securing jobs they enjoy and inspiring us with their own successes. Keep an eye out on our News page, Facebook and LinkedIn pages for course updates, exciting news, and video interviews of students.

Mā te hurhuru ka rere te manu.

Adorn the bird with feathers to enable it to fly

Whakaahu Whakamua is a unique programme

We focus on ‘soft’ skills – such as communication, resilience and willingness to learn. All of the skills we teach have been identified by industry as key skills they look for in hiring new staff.

Our Work Ready Coaches and Work Placement Navigatorsare experienced and passionate leaders, with a genuine care for those they teach.

We know it takes a village to raise a child, and it takes a community to improve employment opportunities. That’s why we connect ākonga (learners) on our programme directly with industry.

Once ākonga finish the seven weeks of in-house workshops, they’ll be supported by our qualified social work staff (social worker/Kaiwhakatere) for a minimum of six months.

We’re with our ākonga and our employers every step of the way, to āwhi them through the challenges of employment and training.

Our strong networks across Tai Tokerau and industry mean more opportunities for those that come through our programmes.

Inā kei te mohio koe ko wai koe, I anga mai koe i hea, kei te mohio

koe. Kei te anga atu ki hea.

If you know who you are and where you are from then you will know

where you are going.

Interested in this course? Click here to contact us for more information and course dates or contact your MSD Case Worker.

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  • Participate in a Work Journey Needs Assessment and Hauora Health Assessment
  • 7 weeks of in-house employment skills training
  • Licencing e.g. drivers, HT, forklift
  • Identify your chosen career path
  • Create targeted CV and Cover letters
  • Mahi - get industry contacts that are looking to employ!
  • Tuākana / teina - experience team work
  • Awhina - explore responsible wellbeing
  • Assistance into long term work
  • Tautoko - be in a positive environment

The Whakaahu Whakamua programme is innovative . . .

  • motivational and agile. We started out with a 'clean slate" to build the 'dream' based on our extensive experience.
  • Tai Tokerau Trades Training has the skills, passion and industry experience to deliver successful outcomes.
  • Tai Tokerau Trades Training focuses on and understands the value of relationships - we understand our people, industry and our communities.