April 2017

Media release

20 April 2017

Apprentices to transform Taranaki youth space

A group of tradies hit town on Friday April 21 to ‘make over’ a central city youth space. Taranaki Rangatahi Services at 63-65 Devon St West, New Plymouth, will have a wall removed and doors installed to make better use of its upstairs space. The renovation, taking place from April 21-24, will also help ensure its entry is more youth friendly.

Team Leader Terri Wood says the four-day renovation is a fantastic opportunity for the office, which provides a range of youth-focused services. Staff support young people not in education, employment or training, those that can’t live at home and young parents. In addition, services are available for youth to support mental wellbeing.

“We were approached by the BCITO and saw it as a win-win. We need the renovations to be done to improve the space for youth and staff – and this work will be completed quickly and at no cost to us.

“There is also an aspect of one group of young people – construction apprentices – helping their peers. It will allow us to make the office into a more youth focused space.”

One office will become open plan when the wall comes down, helping create additional and more flexible areas for one-on-one or small group meetings. This will also enable staff to move out of the front office, freeing up space for young people arriving for appointments.

The project is part of a nationwide initiative called the Not Your Average Tradie Road Trip(external link). It started in Auckland in April 10 and sees a group of talented BCITO apprentices spending four weeks visiting different regions, helping out community organisations, charities, and schools with building woes.

“This is a fantastic opportunity to show people what a career in the trades offers, while also supporting our local communities,” said BCITO Chief Executive Warwick Quinn.

New Zealand is in the midst of a skills shortage. “Our community groups, schools and charities are feeling this too – with many buildings desperately in need of maintenance and updating.

The road trip takes in Tauranga, New Plymouth and Wanaka. The tradies carry out work at a number of locations including dedicated spaces for at-risk youth, a health and social services provider, a surf club, schools and at a Habitat for Humanity home.

For further details contact: Terri Wood, Taranaki Youth Service, 06 758 7440 or 0508 496 884 or [email protected]

BCITO TV(external link)

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