Current Projects & Partnerships

West Coast Trades Academy

The West Coast Trades Academy

The West Coast Trades Academy gives secondary school students the chance to start training for a trade while they are still at school.

Students in year 11, 12 and 13 have the option to study in a trades programme as well as working towards their NCEA qualifications. Student enrolments have grown from 60 students in 2016 to 235 students in 2021. Student achievement is very high, with over 90% of course participants going from the Trades Academy into employment or higher-level tertiary training. 

Productive People have managed the West Coast Trades Academy since 2016, ensuring the students who enrol are matched to the right courses for their future career development. Productive People are responsible for the tracking of student achievement, quality assessment of courses, course development, pastoral care, student travel coordination and all of the projects marketing, promotions and finance management. 

Productive People Roles within the West Coast Trades Academy are:
Project Manager: Tania Washer
Project Administrator: Kayla Hibbs
Full details about the West Coast Trades Academy can be found here:

The Upskill Employment & Training Project

Since July 2020, Productive People have been responsible for the management and delivery of this hugely successful project which provides much needed recruitment services and training coordination support to West Coast businesses and job seekers. The project is funded by The Ministry of Business, Innovation & Employment, through Development West Coast. Funding is applied to provide candidates who meet criteria with free industry recognized training and recruitment services at no cost to businesses. Productive People are responsible for ensuring all project deliverables are met, providing high level customer and client care, on time and to budget. 

An Award Winning Project:
Economic Develop Awards of New Zealand 2023

Our team was proud to take home the ‘Best Practice for Collaboration Award’ for our work on the Upskill project.
Upskill is a collaborative project in the truest sense. Managed and delivered by us at Productive People, led by DWC and supported by Ministry of Social Development, Upskill was made possible with funding support from Kānoa – Regional Economic Development & Investment Unit. We collaborate with hundreds of businesses and thousands of job seekers.

Productive People Team roles within the Upskill Project are:
Project Manager: Tania Washer
Recruitment, Training and HR Coordinator: Alice Moynihan
For the full project details visit:

The Prince’s Trust/Productive People “Get Hired” Programme

The Prince’s Trust mission is to activate young New Zealanders as the designers, authors, dreamers, creators and workers for a more equitable, sustainable and prosperous future. This is a mission that fits perfectly with the goals of Productive People.

Productive People has partnered with The Princes Trust to identify gaps across the West Coast to help support and develop our young people. The “Get Hired” Programme is offered to rangatahi still at school, on the West Coast who need support to identify their own career path and then reach their goals.

Productive People roles within “Get Hired” are:
Programme Coordinator/Student Mentor: Tania Washer
Student Mentor: Kayla Hibbs
For further details on the great work the Princes Trust achieve, please visit:

Great Futures & The Trade Collective

Productive People partners with The Trade Collective each year. Our aim is to motivate school leavers across the West Coast to consider getting a trade, providing information on the success of tradies nationally and globally. The Trade Collective inspires the next generation of tradies by sharing stories of success, both within the construction & creative media industries.

Curated by digital and social content creators Logan Dodds & Jesse James, the Trade Collective was founded to inspire school leavers to consider a career in the trades.

Productive People work with The Trade Collective to promote, coordinate and support annual West Coast tours, with the aim of reaching every senior secondary school student from Karamea to Haast, and everywhere in between.

Find out more about the Trade Collective here: