A word from our Director – July

Francesca Emms eNews, News

The first half of 2023 has been a busy but constructive period as we continue to support New Zealand’s infrastructure industries through the challenge of meeting the demand for skilled staff.

Testing a career

Francesca Emms Energy, News, Schools/Gateway

When Kayleb Hancock was considering his career options he turned to the Connexis Gateway programme to learn more about what a job in the energy sector might be like, before leaving school.

Connexis scholarships support learning success

Francesca Emms News

Over the months of April and May, Connexis | Te Pūkenga launched two new scholarships to support ākonga (learners), the Financial Assistance Fund and the Outward Bound Scholarship.

New qualification offers road to success

Francesca Emms Civil, News

The new New Zealand Certificate in Roadmarking (Level 3) offers workers the opportunity to have their skills recognised, while offering newcomers an important entry point into civil infrastructure careers.

Temp job leads to thriving new career

Francesca Emms News, Water

Kemble Slotemaker shows that women can thrive in what has been a male-dominated area of work and has paved the way for other women to join the Downer’s water maintenance team.

Brodie Henry is crushing it thanks to Girls with Hi-Vis®

Francesca Emms Civil, News

Attending a Girls with Hi-Vis event in 2022 set Brodie Henry on her career path. Since January Brodie has been with Downer Gisborne full-time, working on the crusher at Waerenga-o-kauri Quarry breaking down material into gravel that will be used on work sites around the region, including those damaged in Cyclone Gabrielle.