Sam Gray works for the Tauawhi Men’s Centre in Gisborne, a Family Works service providing non-violence and parenting programmes.  Sam is facilitator for the non-violence programmes for men who’ve been referred by Corrections or the Ministry of justice.

As well as his full-time job, Sam is also doing an apprenticeship towards a level 4 qualification in social and community services.  The apprenticeship scheme is run by Careerforce for staff who have experience working in health and social services.

“The good thing is I am able to keep earning while I am studying,” says Sam.  With a family and three children, ranging in ages from two to eight years, having a steady income is important.

When Sam first heard about the apprenticeship he thought it made sense.  “It means I get credits for the work I’m doing.  I find it easier to work and study at the same time rather than sitting in a classroom and not doing the practical side.”

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Article supplied by Kia Mauri Ora



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