We enjoyed delivering two Big Apple – Ready to Work Programmes, in partnership with Work and Income NZ, Mr Apple NZ Ltd and Johnny Appleseed.
KGG has been delivering the Big Apple programme since its inception in 2015. It was created and designed to prepare those who were interested in, what was then considered, seasonal employment. Candidates learn performance skills, while taking part in interactive and engaging activities, and the fundamentals of the job. A strong team is nurtured, while integrating the business culture of the participating Employer.
We have partnered with local community organisations, to deliver a physical aspect to the programme. They prepare the candidates for working in the scorching Hawke’s Bay sunshine. This year, we were fortunate to have worked with Hikoi4Life, alongside Jack Fraser and Daryl Mohi.
Working closely with Work and Income staff and brokers, and coordinating practical training on site with Orchard Managers has proven to be an equation for success.
This year, our first group proved to be a great success, with 6 out of the 7 remaining in employment under the direction of Mark Wakefield, Orchard Manager for Mr Apple NZ Ltd. Mark is a massive supporter of the programme and providing work for locals. Furthermore, he is able to utilise the skills the group bring, in a range of tasks on the orchard. This year, he has had the group working on re-development and thinning and some of the team are now cracking contract rates!
Johnny Appleseed were a new employer for KGG to work with, and the feedback we have received in relation to the team has been positive. They were a younger, diverse group and keen, nevertheless. They claim that having built a strong team beforehand has made all the difference to their overall motivation. Currently 80% of the team remain employed by Johnny Appleseed.
Who will accept the challenge of the Big Apple Return to Work Programme in 2018?
Are you interested in entering the horticulture sector? If you want to find out more about how you can take part, contact us here.