Updated: Apr 30, 2020
Finding employment with the support of our Innovative Employment team has been a great opportunity for Whakatane man, Andre. It has boosted his confidence, provided better financial security and given him opportunities to connect with people. Andre first came to Pou Whakaaro to engage in our services in 2014 and has since started his own Micro Business cleaning cars. Andre now has regular clients with ongoing new inquiries. His business was started as an inexpensive car clean service that you would do yourself at home, if you had the time. Cost wise, it is very easy on the purse! For a medium car he charges $25.00 for a clean and vacuum. Our Innovative Employment Team suggested Andre apply for a truck cleaning position that was advertised in the newspaper.
After enlisting in the help of our team, which included helping to update his CV and creating a cover letter, Andre successfully gained part-time employment to a contractor who cleans for various truck companies. Through our Micro Business Programme Andre has gained the confidence and knowledge to do his own books and manage his own clients. Our Innovative Employment team continues to offer support and guidance for his job and micro business. Bringing home a pay cheque has meant Andre has been able to afford a mortgage, with his family’s support, to buy his own flat that he continues to pay off with his steady income. Andre enjoys his new found independence, confidence, and security he has gained through paid employment and being a part of the community. He takes pride in his work and is always looking to the future.