16 February 2012
ALL involved in a bootcamp for young Pacific people to try out as line mechanics should be commended for their initiative, the Ministry of Pacific Island Affairs says.
The four-day boot camp for a group of young Pacific people culminates today when they showcase the skills they have acquired to invited guests from lines and contracting companies.
Organised by the Electricity Supply Industry Training Organisation (ESITO) and Northpower, in partnership with the Ministry of Pacific Island Affairs, the four day experimental boot camp has introduced participants to the electricity supply industry, and the practical and theoretical work involved in being a line mechanic.
Participants have spent four days learning about what it takes to be a line mechanic, including testing how they deal with heights - scaling power poles.
Ministry of Pacific Island Affairs chief executive Dr Colin Tukuitonga says Pacific people often don’t see the potential in trades careers.
“This week we’re taking another small step towards changing that perception,” Dr Tukuitonga said.
“This boot camp is the first time the electricity supply industry has done something like this specifically for Pacific young people. It’s a way to break down some barriers and encourage more young Pacific people to pursue this type of career.”
“I commend all involved - both those who set it up and our young people who gave it a go.”
Working with the Ministry of Pacific Island Affairs, ESITO promoted the opportunity with Pacific Employment Support Service Programme (PESS) providers and nine participants, including two females, took part.
“The boot camp will open doors for these young people and provides an exciting opportunity for a potential career in the electricity supply industry,” Dr Tukuitonga said.
“It’s a very good fit with the work our PESS scheme is already doing with hundreds of young Pacific people, equipping them for work and/or further training.”
For more information contact:
Ministry of Pacific Island Affairs
Tel: 04 471 8238 / 027 672 3501