Waste Management has a high number of Pasifika and migrant employees, many who have English as a second language and relatively few qualifications. It wanted to build the communication skills and confidence of this level of its workforce and provide a career pathway, and to ensure its staff understand safety procedures in what is a high-risk industry.
Waste Management NZ holds local government contracts for kerbside collection and commercial and general public refuse collection, and works on joint venture projects with local government and other partners. It has more than 1200 staff at various sized sites throughout New Zealand, from Kaikohe to Dunedin.
“We want our employers to know we will invest in their present and their future, and for that message to spread out into the community.”