Northland has a new wave of skilled workers and parents following the recent graduation of 31 students from Solomon Group Kaikohe. During a graduation ceremony at Tauwhara Marae on April 6, 20 trades students were presented with their National Certificate in Infrastructure Level 2. Another 11 gained their Whanau Ara Mua (WAM) Certificate in Intergenerational Education (Level 2) - a qualification that equips young parents with the skills to raise a family. The graduation was attended by Northland Mayor Hon John Carter, Deputy Mayor Tania McInnes, founders Frank and Judy Solomon and a large group of whanau, friends and staff.
Solomon Group’s well-regarded programmes are creating brighter futures for an increasing number of Northland youth. Eight Kaikohe infrastructure graduates have already secured relevant employment, and many more are being supported into work or further learning. Graduates of the WAM programme are also achieving great results, with improved parenting skills, foundation level qualifications, increased confidence and exciting new pathways to further study and employment.