Ezekiel Bidois was 16 years old attending Hamilton Boys High School when he first heard about Northpower's Electricity Supply Level 2 programme in 2020. He had attended the Trades Academy at Hamilton Boys High in year 11 where he learnt about the plumbing, building and electricity industries and found that the Electricity trade sparked his interest.
Five weeks into Year 12 he was introduced to the Northpower cadetship and decided to give it a go. Ezekiel graduated from Northpower's Electricity Supply Level 2 programme in December 2020. Following his graduation, he secured a role at Northpower's Hamilton depot working in the Transmission substation team. He is currently learning about the Electricity Transmission Network and helping to maintain transmission substation equipment in the Waikato region. Ezekiel is working towards starting an Electrical Fitters Apprenticeship.
Just go for it! Northpower is an awesome company to work for, people are always happy to help so don’t hold back. Don’t be afraid to ask questions."
We're about to have a new intake of cadets!
Over a 14 week period, these students will undergo a Level 2 Electricity Supply (Introductory) Qualification. Completing this qualification opens the door to a three month cadetship within the Northpower organisation where you will be a part of one of Northpower's maintenance teams in the Bay of Plenty Region. The cadetship may then lead to a full time apprenticeship pathway in your chosen specialised field. All you need to succeed on this programme is 100% commitment, a willingness to travel to one of Northpower's BOP depots either Tauranga, Rotorua or Matamata and a positive attitude.
Northpower operates and maintains both the electricity distribution and fibre networks in the Whangarei and Kaipara region with more than 60,000 connected customers. We also provide specialist contracting services to our partners, other network owners and operators, across the North Island of New Zealand. With operations throughout the central North island Northpower is committed to providing long lasting and sustainable training and employment opportunities to the communities we work in.
People Potential started as a small family business in 1991 when founder, Sandra McKersey, a passionate school teacher, decided to start a training establishment in Whangarei.
People Potential has grown from a tiny team in central Whangarei to a company employing more than 100 people, who are not only friends to the founding family of People Potential, but whānau.
Originally located in Whangarei, People Potential has grown over the past 20 years and now has established campuses in Dargaville, Kaikohe, Papakura (Auckland) and Hamilton.
People Potential delivered the first Northpower Electricity Supply course in Whangarei in 2019 and continues to support Northpower to empower young people to gain education and long term employment opportunities.
Rotorua Community Youth Centre Trust is a Youth One Stop Shop with the vision of all Rotorua youth reaching their full potential. We provide a variety of services and programmes that focus on youth development, youth health and youth employment.
All participants attending the NorthPower Cadet Programme will be matched with a Youth Worker Navigator from the Youth Employment Plus Team.
The Youth Worker Navigator will: