Building a future career

2 NOV, 2018 | Tāmaki News

Miracle Loia Amituanai is stoked to be one of 14 people to have gained apprenticeships in the past year through The Tāmaki Jobs and Skills Hub.

Becoming a builder wasn’t always Miracle Loia Amituanai’s dream. But now that he’s in the industry, he gets a real buzz out of it. “My goals are simple: Support my family and pursue a career that I love, and that’s what I’m doing.”

Miracle started working for Hull Construction after graduating from Tāmaki College last year. “My family are really proud that I took this career pathway.”

The team from Hull Construction has been building houses in Glen Innes, where Miracle is from. “It feels pretty good to know I’m building houses that people in the community will be able to live in,” Miracle says.

The Glen Innes local is one of three apprentices in his team. The best thing about the job is the people, he says. “The guys help me learn and we can have a laugh together.”

The 19-year-old is full of praise for his boss Matt Hull. “He has really high standards so I’m gaining a lot of skills from him. He’s a good teacher and he shows me the best way to do things.”

Matt says Miracle is a great worker. “He’s punctual and he’s picking things up really quickly. The good thing about young people is they are often willing to learn and are highly motivated.”

Miracle encourages any Tāmaki locals looking for work to check out The Tāmaki Jobs & Skills Hub in Mayfair Place. “At the hub they gave me a $1000 scholarship towards my tools and gave me guidance on how to take up job opportunities.”

Andy Cowan, who until recently was the training manager at the Tāmaki Jobs and Skills Hub, has also been a great support, Miracle says. “We still keep in touch. He gives me a call and comes around for a chat and to ask how the job is going.”

Andy says he’s thrilled the apprenticeship is working out. “It’s fantastic that people like Matt are willing to give keen, young people like Miracle opportunities. Ensuring that we have a pipeline of apprentices is really important for the future of building and construction.”


The Tāmaki Jobs and Skills Hub has been running since 2013. It helps job seekers get work ready by offering support with writing CVs, providing career advice, applying for jobs online, driver licence training, job matching, and mentoring.

More than 400 Tāmaki people have found work through the Tāmaki Jobs and Skills Hub. Fourteen of these workers have been helped into building apprenticeships.

The range of industries include construction, logistics, manufacturing, hospitality, retail and administration, among others.

 In the 2017-2018 financial year, the hub supported 154 local people into work.

Over the same period, 41 local people gained a driver’s licence, 18 completed professional training and 11 entered into further education through the Tāmaki Jobs and Skills Hub.

The Tāmaki Jobs and Skills Hub is at 54 Mayfair Place, Glen Innes, open Monday to Friday, 9am - 3pm. Alternatively the pop-up  Tāmaki Jobs and Skills Hub is at 8 Clifton Court, Panmure, Wednesdays 10am - 2pm.