Wildlands have been working hard for many years as a socially responsible employer, recruiting from a range of sources and seeking to work with various agencies to recruit staff who would otherwise not be in meaningful employment. This involves giving them opportunities, supporting them, and training/mentoring them into valuable members of our teams. This is a significant investment by Wildlands, which benefits these employees and the wider community. Over the last few years (since 2017) we have provided employment to 16 employees in this situation, and we currently have seven working with us (in Auckland, Tauranga, Rotorua and Christchurch), including four who have advanced to leadership roles.
In addition, we currently have four staff who are Predator Free Apprentices, supported by the Predator Free Trust, who are being trained and developed in pest animal management. These staff also spend 10% of their work time assisting community organisations with their predator control programmes in Auckland, Bay of Plenty, and Canterbury.
The Ministry of Social Development has released some positive media around Wildlands recruiting and developing staff. Here is the really awesome video clip/interview with one of our team (Jacob Hughes) in Rotorua https://fb.watch/eb1G5thquZ/
Posted: 11 July 2022