Josh Mitchell

Whai Rawa member Josh Mitchell (Ngāi Tuahuriri,  Ngāti Irakehu, Ngāti Wheke, Ngāi Te Ruahikihiki, Ngāti Waewae)) was selected for a cadetship in late 2012.  He's extremely grateful for the opportunity and support he's been given to start a career as a cadet geotechnical engineering technician.

In 2012 Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu joined forces with Aurecon to support the growth of job opportunities for Ngāi Tahu in the Canterbury rebuild. As part of the partnership, Aurecon established a cadetship programme, which has a limited number of ‘earn while you learn’ positions available to Ngāi Tahu whānau.

Cadets work at the Aurecon Christchurch office, in the area best suited to their skills, with the aim of becoming a professional draftsperson or technician.

Whai Rawa member Josh Mitchell (Ngāi Tuahuriri, Ngāti Irakehu, Ngāti Wheke, Ngāi Te Ruahikihiki, Ngāti Waewae)) was one of those selected for a cadetship in late 2012. He’s extremely grateful for the opportunity and support he’s been given to start a career as a cadet geotechnical engineering technician.

“I’ve learnt so much about myself, work and life. Learning on the job is great and there is plenty of support at Aurecon to help you which makes you feel more committed to the mahi and the organisation. I am happy to be getting skilled up and qualified and not having any student loan debt is just great.”

Josh is due to complete his cadetship at the end of this year and hopes to continue working for Aurecon after that.

Kaiwhakahaere Tā Mark Solomon, a proud supporter of the programme, says cadets will ultimately gain certification in a profession of their chosen technical field. “The cadetship creates a significant opportunity for Ngāi Tahu whānau to gain a meaningful career and contribute to the recovery of Canterbury.”

As far as Whai Rawa goes, with his education sorted for now, Josh is busy saving to buy his own home.