Having the confidence to speak to strangers and (finally) having the job she likes are the big changes for Nerrisha Grant, after completing an Initiate Wahine Toa course.
These days she is working as an internal compliance auditor at Takitimu Seafoods, a role that she wouldn’t have dreamed of having without the skills and confidence gained at The Development Hub.
Going on the course has changed Nerrisha’s life.
“Before starting the course I was very shy and quiet; I hardly said ‘boo’ and had no confidence. Every day on the course, I was challenged. The course leaders encouraged me, for the better.
“Sarah-Jo and Elisabeth are good role models. I like how they come across. Stern, but fair and always with our best interests at heart. They push us out of our comfort zone.
“The course was a safe place for me to open up and start to change. During the four weeks, I started to believe in myself and develop self-confidence. I interviewed with some other Development Hub candidates for a role at Takitimu Seafoods, and was called back for a different position that wasn’t advertised, that I ended up getting!”
Since starting at Takitimu, The Development Hub team has kept in regular contact says Nerrisha. “They don’t forget us.”
These days, Nerrisha has a job she likes and is making her family proud. “I have the most amazing boss. He always has my back. I work hard for myself and to make my boss happy, and I love to make my family proud of me.” To any young woman considering a place on a Development Hub course, Nerrisha says:
“Make the most of it!”
“Before starting the course I was very shy and quiet; I hardly said ‘boo’ and had no confidence. Every day on the course, I was challenged. The course leaders encouraged me, for the better.”
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ON PARTNERSHIP WITH THE DEVELOPMENT HUB
Export and local seafood distributor Takitimu Seafoods’ experience with The Development Hub has been highly successful. Paul Corlett, HR and Compliance Manager explains: “The Development Hub do all the hard work up front when it comes to their candidates. The women they put forward are pre-selected and that makes it easy for employers.”
“They are well prepared, work ready, keen to work, and know what an employer expects. There is a significant, positive difference between Development Hub candidates and others from the general market.”
Nerrisha Grant stood out when she was interviewed as part of a group of Development Hub candidates, says Paul.
“I was impressed. Nerrisha interviewed really well and we ended up hiring her for a role that we weren’t recruiting for. The way she came across in her interview was honest and authentic.”
“Nerrisha had done some compliance work previously, and I thought that she would be a good hire and fit for Takitimu Seafoods.”
“She has been with us for six months and there have been no issues whatsoever. Nerrisha is a quick learner and has added value to our business, big time.”
“She gets on well with the rest of her team, knows her role, manages her time and has great attendance. Pastoral support is available from The Development Hub, but we haven’t had to call on them so far, and I can’t imagine needing to in the future.”
“We currently have two team members that came to us via Sarah-Jo and the team, and we would happily hire more, when the time is right.”
To employers thinking about working with The Development Hub, Paul says give it a go.
“The Development Hub is great to work with and make the hiring process that much easier. We can spend less time recruiting and more on business as usual.”