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Young people in manufacturing

Manufacturing is one of the key sectors of our economy, but how do you tempt young people who are desperately needed to fill the skills shortage? 

The challenge is changing the perception from a dirty, dangerous job that does not require a lot of thinking to what it really is – a fast-paced environment with some of the country’s smartest innovators. 

A key solution is to work with schools through a number of programmes like Gateway, Youth Initiative Programmes, Trades Academies, Career expos, and work experience opportunities. 

We are working with our partners on this, but we thought you should also hear from some of our young people in manufacturing themselves.

Young People in Manufacturing


Four young people from our Member businesses tell their stories. 

Alisha Taupo

Alisha Taupo has been a fabricator welder at Buckley Systems for three years and loves to learn. 

Ethan Linton

Ethan Linton is in year three of his apprenticeship in light metal fabrication at Mulcahy Engineering.

Melelatai (Latai) Naipuka

Melelatai (Latai) Naipuka is a packer at Sanford Ltd and works with her mum and dad every day. 

Emil Fruean

Emil Fruean has been working at Mulcahy Engineering for 10 years and is now a programmer and operator.

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