WELCOME TO THE ARA EDUCATION CHARITABLE TRUST
Who are we?...
The Ara Education Charitable Trust (AECT) is a successful and innovative partnership between industry, government agencies and five South Auckland schools (Aorere College; Mangere College; Manurewa High School; Onehunga High School and Southern Cross Campus) to create employment and training opportunities for South Auckland school leavers.
This is a unique collaboration that we’ve worked on, tested and refined over the past few years and we’re ready to grow across more schools and businesses.
“Together we change lives and build communities”
For me, supporting our Maori and Pasifika peoples into aspirational, worth while careers is what gets me excited. There is a myriad of opportunities and variety in construction, and working with the Ara Education Charitable Trust helps us to authentically create bright career pathways.
Strategic Advisor - HAWKINS
House Renovation Project
Houses that were destined to become landfill are relocated to our site at the Auckland Airport where students renovate them while gaining valuable trade skills and experience of the workplace. Once finished, the refurbished homes will become part of the housing stock for our communities.
The House Renovation Project helps bridge the skills gap for industry and create sustainable employment opportunities for rangatahi in South Auckland.
We are really focussed on waste minimisation, not only do we divert the houses from landfill, but with help of our industry partners, we rescue construction materials that companies no longer need.
Pasifika Women in Construction Project
We work with young Pasifika women who are interested in working within the construction industry. We equip them with everything they need to be successful in an industry that is traditionally male dominated environment. We show them that the construction industry can offer a vast array of career pathways, ranging from accounting and planning to engineering.
Work Experience Program
Students get the opportunity to work on some amazing work sites for one day a week throughout their final year of school. Thanks to the ongoing support of Auckland International Airport Limited and Hawkins Construction, our students have had the chance to work on commercial construction sites ranging from the extension of Auckland Airport, to large hotels, corporate offices and large residential developments. We also work in partnership with logistics and hospitality companies where students get extensive experience of these industries.
"Tradie for a Day"
Calling all retired, skilled construction workers and tradies!
Are you retired and have a bit of free time? Do you want to be part of the change in our young people's lives?
Join us and spend one day a week on our site renovating houses our students and become their "Dad for a day" by equipping them with the necessary skills and industry knowledge they need to be able to succeed in their future careers.
Students through the programme up to date
Number of Industry Partners
South Auckland Schools
Innovative transition to work projects