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Infrastructure

Level 2
12 weeks
Kaitaia, Kaikohe, Wiri

If you are serious about work, we are serious about getting you employed. We work closely with Southern Initiative to train and place our tauira into full time jobs in the traffic management, civil construction, road work and earth work industry.

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Contact Centre Operations

Level 3
12 weeks
Manurewa, Auckland.

If you are looking to get back to the workforce or change of career, this is a great opportunity to develop your skills – for FREE! This is an opportunity to gain necessary skills for a career in a contact centre, improve your communications and computer skills and our employment team will help place you into work after your training.

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Maramataka Maori

Level
5 weeks
Kaitaia

Learn employment skills, create a pathway for employment and choose your career focus during this 5 week course.

If you want to build a brighter future, learn employment search skills and gain tools for a successful career then this course is for you.

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Warehousing

Level 3
12 weeks
Wiri & Rotorua

If you are looking to get back to the workforce or take the next step in your career, this is a great opportunity to develop your skills - for FREE! This free programme will help you get the industry related certificates, licence support, qualification AND employment support to the booming warehousing industry.

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English Classes

Level 1
20 weeks
Manurewa

Classes are run at Solomon Group campuses in Manurewa.

These classes include reading, writing, speaking.

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Preparation for Service

Level
6 weeks
Manurewa

This course will teach you valuable skills to create a strong foundation for employment in the customer service, care or the hospitality industry. Classes run from 9am to 3pm Monday to Thursday. Limited spaces available in this FREE course so enrol today.

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Literacy Night Classes

Level
February - December
Manurewa

These courses run from March to September each year during school terms on Monday and Wednesday nights in Manurewa and Panmure. You will study social and workplace literacy in New Zealand, with a focus on: reading, writing, speaking, listening and learning new words.

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Truck Driving Course

Level
14 weeks
Wiri

If you are looking to take the next step in your career, this is a great opportunity to develop your skills and gain your learners truck driving licence level 2 - for FREE!

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Aratika - The Right Pathway

Level 2
24 weeks, school holiday off
Manurewa

This free programme (eligibility criteria applies) will set you up for a new career, give you a Foundation Level Tertiary Qualification and offer you job search support.

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Contact Centre Operations - Auckland Council Pathway

Level 3
12 weeks
Manurewa, Panmure

If you are looking to get back to the workforce or change of career, this is a great opportunity to develop your skills – for FREE! This is an opportunity to gain necessary skills for a career in a contact centre, improve your communications and computer skills and our employment team will help place you into work after your training.

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Education success story

Meet Meet our Contact Centre graduate: Amanda

Amanda has been a stay-at-home mum for 16 years. During that time, she has applied for hundreds of jobs, without success. But now, thanks to Solomon Group’s 12-week Contact Centre Training course, she’s got a bright new career and a whole heap of confidence. Amanda is only the second person to get 100% for the Auckland Council Contact Centre IT test EVER!

What were you doing before coming to Solomon Group?
I left school at 15, got pregnant at 16, and have been a stay-at-home mum ever since. I apply for jobs all the time – things like reception and front-of-house – but usually I don’t even get a response from employers. It can be pretty disheartening. I must have applied for thousands of jobs over the years and I’ve done a few courses, but I still can’t get work because employers want people with experience. It gets boring staying at home all the time, plus as a single mum it’s a struggle financially. I do everything I can to save money – I’ve disconnected the landline, stopped my Chrisco hampers, and only buy the basics. My kids haven’t had new clothes for years.

Was the course worthwhile?
Absolutely. I loved it. My confidence was a zero when I started and now it’s an eight. It might even be heading towards a ten! I am a shy person, and when I started this course I wouldn’t say anything in class or put my hand up. But everyone here is so supportive and encouraging, so I began to gain confidence.  Everyone has noticed the change in me. Even people outside of school say I am more confident and happy. When people start noticing that, it makes me feel better about myself.

I’ve learnt so much about myself on this course – and I’ve realised that I can achieve so much more than I ever imagined.

Did you spend the entire 12 weeks in the classroom?
No, we got out and about a lot as well, with site visits to Qantas, 2degrees and IRD, where we were buddied up with their CSRs and got to listen in on phone calls and look at their different systems. We also made lots of trips to the Auckland Council, including for our assessments, interviews, role plays and IT navigation tests.

How did you get on with those?
I didn’t realise I’d done that well, but it turned out I was only the second person ever in council history to get 100 % in the IT navigation test! I also got the highest score for my roleplay. That really boosted my confidence and reminded me I must stop second guessing myself and putting myself down.

Tell us about your new job.
I’m a CSR for Auckland Council based in Manukau. They start us off in waste management, and then once we are confident there, they move us into other areas. There are so many opportunities here. You can branch out into lots of different departments. My goal is to learn everything first and then work my way up to team leader. Eventually I’d like to join the quality assurance team.

How much does it mean to you to finally have a job?
It means a lot. I really want to be a good role model for my kids. When other kids ask them what their mum does, I don’t want them to have to say, “my mum doesn’t do anything”.  They were so pleased when I told them about the job and my mum cried. She phoned up everyone she knew, she was so proud!

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Meet our Management team

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Lynette Donohoe

Chief Executive
With over 20 years’ experience working for the public sector (with a senior management background in employment and tertiary education), Lynette is recognised for her pragmatic approach to innovation which has led to the successful implementation of a number of projects and initiatives. Being at the helm of an organisation like Solomon Group she is able to support the communities we touch by leading from the front and fostering a culture of high-level support in everything we do. Let's ensure that every student, client, employer, community organisation we come into contact with are better for it. Going above and beyond is always expected and rewarded.
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Ruanna Tagaloasa-Letalu

Director Community Partnerships
It is always rewarding to see lives changed following people realising their own potential and landing that wonderful new job. In her role in this space, Ruanna is passionate about what we do and works tirelessly at building strong community ties and working relationships with local businesses in need of a new workforce. Developing partnerships with these businesses sees lives changed. Can’t get much better than that. Her immersion in the local community has her uniquely placed to not only relate and empathise with the community but it also puts her in a position to be able to affect positive change.
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Maree Kilkolly

Northland Regional Manager
Maree has been with Solomon Group since 2012. Maree has worked in Education for 15 years including mainstream, Alternative Education, and Adult Education. Maree’s position prior to Solomon Group was as a Manager at a local Training Provider. Maree is responsible for Solomon Group’s Whanau Ara Mua – (Families Moving Forward), Intensive Literacy & Numeracy, National Certificate of Computing and NZ Certificate in English Language programmes. Dip Adult Edu, Cert Adult Edu, NCALE (Educator and Voc)
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John Connell

Senior Manager Youth Initiatives
John Connell joined us in late 2018 as our Senior Manager – Youth Initiatives and one of the members of our Executive team. Results driven, John leads the team in going above and beyond to find solutions and exceed targets. Let’s make sure we can improve as many lives as we can. We seek to staircase all of our placements into roles where they can work towards new goals and strive to continue growing within an organisation. As oversight of youth service and employment contracts, John enjoys seeing people succeed, break out of old habits and make positive change in their lives.
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Learning for the Future

At Solomon Group, we’re experts in all kinds of learning, particularly for people who need to upskill, come off a benefit, or have a dream career in mind. We’re NZQA accredited, and we give you a wrap-around service with training and support for your future.

If you’d like to get a job, but you don’t know where to start, we have some options for you.