Housing company helps build successful futures

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New Zealand group builder G.J. Gardner Homes is launching an exciting series of educational and development schemes that will aim to help those looking to secure a career in the construction industry.

Starting imminently, the master franchise is introducing a Future Leaders Development Programme for G.J. employees across the country. It aims to encourage team members to reach their full potential by providing a structured training programme over a two-year period.

In addition, the Rodney franchise holder for G.J. is establishing a local Rodney District scholarship to someone that is studying a relevant qualification in the construction trade.
As well, it is offering one local person the opportunity to be professionally trained, through an apprenticeship programme.

“G.J. Gardner Homes has been the number one home builder in New Zealand for the past decade,” G.J. Gardner Homes master franchise managing director Grant Porteous says.
“We recognise the overall performance of the company is directly related to the performance and skill level of not only our franchise holders, but the key individuals who make up their teams.
“By running the Future Leaders Development Programme, we aim to be able to provide opportunities to a range of people to help them in their future careers.

“For example, those that qualify from the programme could go on to fill a senior management role within a G.J. franchise or potentially be a future franchisee themselves!”
G.J. Gardner Homes Rodney franchise owner Elaine Morley says this is an exciting time at G.J.

“We need to ensure young people are getting access to the right training required. When we left school, we didn’t have to worry about being able to secure a job,” Ms Morley says.
“Our young people are not as lucky. So, anything we can do to help them is really important, as it also ensures we have quality trained people coming through the ranks.