Gisborne Development Inc Trades Training Centre

First established in 1982 as a service club project of the Gisborne Rotary clubs, the Business and Professional Women’s club and the Lions club, GDI was set up by the then Commissioner of Apprenticeships and the local Director of Maori Affairs Department. Its aim at that time was to facilitate access to employment for the young people of Gisborne.

Gisborne Development Inc is still committed towards raising the skill levels of under-represented youth and the long term unemployed and pathwaying them into industry-based apprenticeships, employment and further training. We work with a number of Industries at both local and national level to improve the access for learners into vocational careers and address the skill shortages that exist within New Zealand’s economic framework. Learners work towards gaining credits in one of the trades of engineering, carpentry, joinery, furniture making, manufacturing, automotive engineering and automotive electrical.
Our Tutors are all experts in their chosen fields and are willing and able to help you gain the knowledge and skills required to be successful in your chosen career. A mixture of theory and practical skills are taught. Work experience in Industry is also a part of the learning experience.

General Information for all GDI Training

Hours of Attendance
Hours are 8.00am - 4.00pm each day, 35 hours per week. Punctuality and good attendance during this time will be insisted upon.

What Equipment do I Need?
A basic kit of tools for each course will be provided by the training centre and all materials will be provided. However, trainees may wish to purchase extra reference books and tools for themselves while on the course.

For the Protection of Your clothing while attending the course, You will be provided with Overalls and safety boots.

The training centre may be able to assist trainees to find accommodation if trainees are from other districts.

Financial Assistance
You may be eligible for a student allowance.

Currently these courses are funded by the Tertiary Education Commission, so no fees are charged to eligible trainees, however this is subject to Government policy changes.

How do I Get on these Courses?
If you have completed at least 3 years secondary education or have achieved the National Certificate in Employment Skills and have a keen desire to enter the Industries you can apply for this course. Reasonable School Certificate grades in English, Mathematics and Tech Drawing are beneficial but not essential.
We offer a Youth Guarantee programme. If you need any further information, please do not hesitate to contact us. All applicants will be interviewed and you will be advised in writing of the outcome.

Where we are going?
GDI is committed to offering Trade Training at an extremely high level now and into the future. It is hoped in the near future that we can expand in size and numbers. We will keep you informed. Watch this space it may get bigger!!!!

Safety on Campus - Health and Safety Policy

The Management Committee is required to ensure that all hazards on the site at the training centre are identified and that the training centre is safe for all students, staff and visitors. This policy aims to ensure that procedures are set up to ensure that the requirements of the Management Committee under the Health and Safety at Work Act 2015 are met.

1.To ensure that the training centre is a safe place of work for staff, students and visitors.
2.To maintain correct procedures for the maintenance of equipment and materials to ensure that they are safe and properly handled.
3.To establish safe working practices and to implement procedures to ensure that these practices are followed with a focus on systematic management of all hazards.
4.To provide supervision and training.
5.To ensure that all students, staff and visitors understand the concept of a safe and healthy workplace.
6.To accept the need for delegating responsibility for promotion of a safe and healthy workplace to all involved at the training centre ensuring good faith cooperation.

1.The Management Committee has developed a Health and Safety manual that reflects the growing awareness of compliance to OSH standards.
2.Staff and students will be made aware of the training centre's health and safety rules and the Management Committee will ensure they are aware of the Health and Safety Manual.
3.At the beginning of each year, a Health and Safety Committee will be set up consisting of staff, students and Management.
4.Staff and students will be encouraged through the meetings to identify hazards and to bring forward issues concerning health and safety.
5.Staff and students will be made aware of emergency procedures for fire, storm, bomb threat, earthquake, chemical spill, gas leak, explosion, structure collapse and equipment failure – a Health and Safety Flip Chart has been developed for each workshop that covers evacuation procedures in case of an emergency.
6.Hazards will be identified to all staff, students and visitors where possible.
7.On a continual basis, hazards will be identified and noted to enable action to be taken.
8.Training needs for staff will become part of the Professional Development programme at the training centre.

This policy is consistent with the goals of the Training Centre and is linked to the Quality Management System.