Business can have a powerful positive impact on a local economy in terms of job creation, new ideas, and economic and political benefits. But this can also lead to an increased demand for housing and services and potentially generate negative impact such as an increase in undesirable activity in our community.
The Wiri Business Association works closely with a variety of groups in our local community to ensure the that growth in business and community impact is proactively managed. We collaborate to ensure our community remains important to us – from Maori Wardens based at our Wiri office, through to local schools, education groups and community influencers – we welcome your input.
Wiri Business Association facilitates access to skilled AUT and MIT graduates, for internships and ongoing employment opportunities. The organisations work together with small and medium enterprises (SMEs) to provide connections to a variety of resources and students. The partnerships with AUT and MIT also leverages purpose-designed courses and training to suit the needs of Wiri Business Association members.
The Wiri Business Association is working in numerous ways to ensure the future work force has the skills, ability and the right attitude to be productive members of staff, or business owners.
By working with the young people of the surrounding community, the Wiri Business Association can develop students’ work ethics and skills to provide employable staff. The association can also help develop perceptive business owners to reduce the likelihood of struggling businesses in the future.
With high school careers programmes aimed at moving students into university, students not wanting or able to go to university miss out on relevant careers advice.
With the need for tradespeople rapidly growing, the association is working with the Manurewa Local Board and Alfriston College to create a Work It programme, aimed at giving students real employment experience.
Under the programme, students get the opportunity to experience what an engineer, logistics manager or plumber for example, does each day. With this sort of insight into a career, young people can make more informed choices and better decisions on courses that will help them in their chosen career.
Wiri Business Association recently teamed up with Alfriston College to create opportunities for students to experience work in the real world. This project is currently in pilot phase and has been strongly supported by our local businesses.
If you would like to support this programme, please contact us.
When the association talked with businesses about the key skills they look for in staff, 99 per cent indicated that they wanted employment applicants to be work ready. That is, having a good work ethic or the understanding of commitment to their work.
Based on this, the association created a scholarship programme at Wiri Central School called the 99% Club for year 8 students. If students take time off through the year they drop out of the club. At the end of the school year, the remaining members of the club (those who have attended school for 99 per cent of the year) are treated to a special event. One student from this group is selected to receive a scholarship to cover the cost of their high school uniform to the value of $650.
The scholarship is presented to the student who has demonstrated commitment and dedication to achieving their best.
A large part of our work involves collaborating with community and seeking their involvement and feedback.
We maintain regular connections with the community around us, from the school where our office is based, through to our surrounding residential community. We also work with local gangs to raise awareness of work opportunities and benefits of schools and reiterate the impact of negative behaviour to our region.