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.”
Article supplied by Kia Mauri Ora