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Instructors (Kaiwhakaako) use their trade knowledge and skills to positively shape people’s futures.

They support and mentor people in prison to gain new qualifications and skills, to improve their chances of finding employment on release from prison.

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The role

Our Kaiwhakaako come from a range of industries, from painting to catering to horticulture and more. As offenders learn new skills and work towards qualifications, Kaiwhakaako oversee their work and assess their skills in a professional manner.  

Kaiwhakaako have the same classification as Corrections Officers and, as such, complete the same initial training as Corrections Officers. They also receive training for the teaching aspect of the role to ensure they develop the skills necessary to share their trade knowledge effectively.

What's on offer

- Rostered rotating shifts including nights, weekends & public holidays
- Starting salary $62,014 to $77,341 before progressing into senior roles
- Initial learning pathway – One week Ara Tika, then 10 weeks Corrections Officer Development Pathway (which may require some time away in Upper Hutt)
- Four weeks' holiday annually
- Career progression and development opportunities to principal officer roles ($81,175 - $88,397)

What you need

- A significant trade based employment history
- Some experience sharing their skills with others or mentoring
- Full New Zealand Driver Licence
- Declare any conflicts of interest and previous convictions. Exempt from Clean Slate and all conviction history is released
- Ability to pass a drug test
- Medically fit for employment. You would be required to complete a Medical Assessment, and pass a Physical Readiness Assessment

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