A new warehousing and distribution course, with a focus on forklift driving, has an 82 per cent employment rate on completion.
The level three course, offered out of Toi Ohomai's new Warehousing and Logistics centre on Truman Lane, was introduced last year and qualifies people with a forklift ticket and a first aid certificate.
Tutor Matt Mindham says the practical nature of the course is key to ensuring a high employment rate for graduates.
“We operate a working warehouse, which means students get to be part of the lifecycle within a distribution centre from start to finish,” says Matt. “They get to ‘pick, pack and dispatch' and, of course, operate forklifts.”
The 17-week course can also serve as a first step into a massive industry that's growing, says Matt.
“Some of our students go on to do the truck driving course, or go further into the freight logistics and supply chain management diplomas. Toi Ohomai has a whole suite of courses, so people can keep building on their career.”
With a national shortage of skilled warehousing staff, Matt confirms that the employment opportunities are excellent.
“There's always work going on,” he says. “This course offers transferrable skills which students can apply to many industries. If people want to make a change, or want to get into some work, this course is an excellent place to start.”
The next course starts on Monday, March 5. Fees free may apply for first time students. For more information, call: 0800 86 46 46 or visit: toiohomai.ac.nz