Introducing our General Manager – Grant Morris

Introducing our General Manager – Grant Morris

We are thrilled to announce that we have appointed our first General Manager of Future Leaders Employment Services. Grant will be leading all aspects of the business and will be responsible for maintaining our high standard of service for our Wellington and Waikato programmes. Grant will also be working to grow our business, regionally and nationally, to support more rangatahi into sustainable employment or training.

Grant was born and raised in Whangarei before commencing service with the New Zealand Army in 1990. In the Army, Grant has held many different command, staff and training appointments throughout Aotearoa New Zealand, as well as travelling extensively around the world participating in exercises and training activities, or deployed on operations. One of Grant’s previous roles was leading the New Zealand Cadet Forces, a youth development organisation of nearly 4000 members, and he is passionate about making a difference in the lives of our rangatahi.

Grant holds a Master’s degree in Training and Development, and has qualifications in business and adult education. Outside of work, Grant is married and has four teenaged children. Grant’s interests include tinkering with his classic MG sports car, motorcycle adventure riding and seemingly endless small jobs on his property in Lower Hutt. Grant is also a Justice of the Peace for New Zealand.

Some words from Grant
“I am very excited to be joining the Future Leaders team and feel quite humbled to be selected as the first GM of Future Leaders – Employment Services. Empowering people and helping them reach their full potential is what I’m all about, so I’m looking forward to bringing my skills and experience into play to add to what you all already offer our rangatahi. I look forward to getting to know everyone in due course and working with you on the next stage of the Future Leaders journey.”
Grant Morris, General Manager

Some words from Jethro
“Nau mai, haere mai Grant. I’m excited to announce that Grant Morris will join Future Leaders – Employment Services (FL-ES) as our first ever General Manager, starting in December. After having established FL-ES in 2014 and grown from a ‘one man band’, to now delivering our youth employment services in two regions to over 250 youth Job Seekers per year, it’s the right time to bring a fresh pair of eyes and experience. Ensuring that we keep up a high quality service, achieving in excess of 80% sustainable outcomes, managing the team, and strengthening partner relationships, all while keeping our youth clients front of mind. This will be Grant’s mission going forward, while I move into more of a strategic role, and able to put some focus on our youth leadership programmes.

Grant will hit the ground running, bringing years of advanced management and leadership experience from the NZ Army, head of the NZ Cadet Forces, and as a Team Leader at the Ministry of Civil Defence. He is deeply passionate about youth development and will champion our services to be impactful, client centered, agile and postured for helping more rangatahi across New Zealand.

I’ve promised to do my best in letting the reigns go from day-to-day management, but I’ll be keeping a close eye on how FL-ES continues to be a proud partner in the youth employment and development space. Grant is a self confessed people person, so keep an eye out for an invite to coffee or lunch in the near future, as he gets his feet under the table.

I look forward to this next chapter in making a difference in the lives of our young people.”
Jethro Gilbert, Managing Director

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NEW ZEALAND HEAD OFFICE

LOCATION 393 Evans Bay Parade,
Hataitai, Wellington 6021

POST PO Box 14402, Kilbirnie, Wellington, 6241
EMAIL admin@futureleaders.co.nz
PHONE 0800 FUTURE (388 873)

WAIKATO Regional Office (NZ)

LOCATION Hamilton Yacht Club,
Innes Common, Hamilton 3204

EMAIL admin@futureleaders.co.nz
PHONE 0800 FUTURE (388 873)

Seasonal Workers and Our Rangatahi

Seasonal Workers and Our Rangatahi

“Hawke’s Bay needs 10,000 workers. Can it find them?”
“Swipe right to pick fruit: Could an app solve mass seasonal worker shortage?”
“’This just cannot happen’: $9.5 billion at risk as horticulture sector struggles to fill $25-an-hour jobs”
“Ministry responds to labour shortages”
“Border exemptions for migrant workers criticised as ‘too late’ to stem horticulture labour shortage”
Up until early 2020, the majority of Kiwis’ were not aware of how reliant New Zealand is on migrant workers. Seasonal worker shortages are usually an annual problem with an annual solution, with huge numbers of migrant workers flown in from various parts of the world to cope with the massive picking demand of our horticulture and viticulture industries. However, if those thousands of workers can no longer get to New Zealand due to the travel restrictions imposed as a result of the onset of COVID-19, how do we ensure that our horticulture and viticulture industries survive?

In September it was reported that New Zealand had about 14,000 registered seasonal employed workers. That number is now sitting at 5000. Usually, we have about 50,000 overseas travelers/ backpackers who opt to work in this sector, however we are now down to less than 10,000 still in New Zealand who can fill these roles. To make matters worse, workers who would normally travel to New Zealand are also being invited to Australia for its recommenced Seasonal Worker Programme.

Hastings mayor Sandra Hazlehurst said if the fruit was not picked, it would put thousands of permanent jobs at risk.

“More than 8000 local people are permanently employed in Hawke’s Bay in and around the horticulture and viticulture sectors, from pack-houses to the port.

“But these permanent roles depend on the trees being planted and pruned and the fruit being picked, all of which is looking more and more difficult.”

So, what can we do about it?

The team at FUTURE LEADERS EMPLOYMENT SERVICES have been working hard to ensure that we educate our clients about the horticulture and viticulture industry and what career options are available beyond seasonal work.

This year we have successfully placed clients in seasonal worker roles in the Hawkes Bay and Alexandra, and we continue to engage with employers and work brokers to achieve win-win solutions. A recent placement saw Sagato and Geroge, two of our young men from Porirua, relocate to the Hawkes Bay to pick apples for Mr Orchard.

Recently Sagato and George spoke to their Youth and Employment Mentor Jay Berwick. Feedback from George and Sagato via Jay was:

George said his work placement with Mr Orchard is good snapshot for him to experience life outside the comforts of home. So far, he is enjoying his independence and the work, and getting used to life away from his family and his gaming device!

Sagato is enjoying the positive change and the newfound independence. He is especially enjoying the routine of waking himself up, cooking for himself, and going out and working in the field independently. This is quite the change for Sagato, being away from his family for the first time at aged 23.

The Ministry of Social Development offers support to encourage more workers into seasonal roles, even for those not on a benefit. Assistance is provided under the Seasonal Work Scheme and is made up of 3 types of support:

  • Support for seasonal work, eg:
  • daily travel to work
  • costs for clothing and work gear
  • moving costs if the worker has to move to take up seasonal work
  • Accommodation costs up to a maximum of $200 a week, for up to 13 weeks
  • An incentive payment. $500 paid halfway through the contract, and $500 paid when work ends.
  • More information about this scheme- Seasonal Work Assistance – Work and Income.

Whilst seasonal work may be a role that provides positive routine to move onto other employment, for other’s it may just ignite a spark that provides a fulfilling career. Either way, seasonal work is a positive way for young people to contribute positivity to society; they get the opportunity to learn valuable skills, earn decent money, stay fit, gain work experience and get a decent dose of vitamin D and that has got to be a good thing!

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NEW ZEALAND HEAD OFFICE

LOCATION 393 Evans Bay Parade,
Hataitai, Wellington 6021

POST PO Box 14402, Kilbirnie, Wellington, 6241
EMAIL admin@futureleaders.co.nz
PHONE 0800 FUTURE (388 873)

WAIKATO Regional Office (NZ)

LOCATION Hamilton Yacht Club,
Innes Common, Hamilton 3204

EMAIL admin@futureleaders.co.nz
PHONE 0800 FUTURE (388 873)

Welcome to Newest Waikato Youth and Employment Mentor

Welcome to Newest Waikato Youth and Employment Mentor

A warm welcome to Tau Aholelei, Tau joins our team in the Waikato as a Youth Employment Mentor. Tau joins us with a military background with comprehensive experience in training and leadership development. In his training and leadership capacity his work not only spans across military, it has included working with government, non-government, schools and youth groups. Tau enjoys helping individuals develop and grow, steering them to towards their goals and achieve their desired outcome.  

As you can see Tau joins us with a wealth of experience and we are excited to have Tau join our Waikato team to support the needs of the region. 

“Future Leaders team delivers a unique service, and I am greatly honoured to be a part of this journey being entrusted with shaping and growing our rangatahi towards realising their potential for a brighter tomorrow”. 

Tau Aholelei, Youth Employment Mentor

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NEW ZEALAND HEAD OFFICE

LOCATION 393 Evans Bay Parade,
Hataitai, Wellington 6021

POST PO Box 14402, Kilbirnie, Wellington, 6241
EMAIL admin@futureleaders.co.nz
PHONE 0800 FUTURE (388 873)

WAIKATO Regional Office (NZ)

LOCATION Hamilton Yacht Club,
Innes Common, Hamilton 3204

EMAIL admin@futureleaders.co.nz
PHONE 0800 FUTURE (388 873)

YES CEO’s lead the way

In April we had 11 students from Year 12 & 13 from the Wellington and Manawatu regions attend our two-day Foundation Leadership Course – BRONZE. These students are participating in the Young Enterprise Scheme through their high school, and are in the role of CEO of their small business.

Although the students have ended up in their business’s leadership role, they had not been specifically trained on the practical requirements of team leadership. For those past students who have completed our training, you will know what these young leaders went through during the two days to develop their understanding and basic leadership abilities.

What is pleasing to see from the Future Leaders Academy point of view, is the calibre of the CEO’s who participate in the scheme. Instructors JP and Jethro attended the YES National Awards event last December and were blown away by the talent of the young people who have the natural potential as leaders.

By offering our leadership training in collaboration with Young Enterprise we aim to enhance the functional leadership abilities of these CEO’s to help produce better results in their YES business during the year. More importantly we want to develop them as leaders who can contribute and influence more effectively in the wider school environment, the workforce and the community once they finish school.

Watch this space for the joint initiative between YES and FLA to be bigger and better in 2018.

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NEW ZEALAND HEAD OFFICE

LOCATION 393 Evans Bay Parade,
Hataitai, Wellington 6021

POST PO Box 14402, Kilbirnie, Wellington, 6241
EMAIL admin@futureleaders.co.nz
PHONE 0800 FUTURE (388 873)

WAIKATO Regional Office (NZ)

LOCATION Hamilton Yacht Club,
Innes Common, Hamilton 3204

EMAIL admin@futureleaders.co.nz
PHONE 0800 FUTURE (388 873)

Lead by Example

Lead by Example

“A leader leads by example not by force”

Sun Tzu
Last week a news piece was published about two well-known sports stars, who were (they’ve now been sacked due to their behaviour) the senior leaders of an international sports team, I won’t name them here. A lot of damage has been done to their credibility, but also the reputation of the team. Ultimately this behaviour significantly impacts the team’s ability to do it’s job – WIN GAMES.
For an example of effective team leadership, I recently observed a leader who did lead by example in a small business environment. I observed the organisation’s owner supporting a Values & Vision session for their business. The facilitator of the session was tasked with helping the small business to develop their values and vision, as this had been lacking in the workplace for some time. Most of the staff (team members) lacked the vision of what they were trying to achieve and in turn were mostly ‘singing of their own sheets of music’. The aim was to create synergy for the small business and give direction to the team members. Obviously (or sometimes not when running a small business and having to wear many hats) having all team members heading in the same direction will increase effectiveness, productivity and achieving the key task of delivering a quality service/product while making profit. The part which was great to see in this case was the business owner being present during this session, giving endorsement to the facilitator so the team also took it seriously, then genuinely participating in all of the activities during the session. Leading by example in this situation ensured the team got the most out of the session, as the tone and expectations were set by the leader.
So, we can all agree that a team leader must lead by example and that this character trait is one of the most important qualities of a good leader. Here are a number of areas that leading by example can influence within the team and the task at hand:
  • The standards you want from your team members
  • The manner in which people should interact with others in and outside of the team
  • Delivering a high standard/quality of work or output
  • The commitment team members will show toward each other and the task
  • The reputation of the team
  • The agreed team values
  • Maintaining discipline and acceptable behaviours
The above outcomes of leading by example can be easily achieved and below are a few tips that a team leader can use. Bear in mind that if some of these things are not a habit, they could be written down and actively practiced on a daily basis:
Set the standards
1. Standards can be more than just the work you do or the output you team has. It should also be how you go about it. Be well presented – iron your shirts, polish your shoes etc, be on time (if not early), be enthusiastic – or act it, stand up for your own, teams’ and organisations values. There are many more ways, but start with checking how you currently set standards.
2. Ensure that any work or output you do is of the highest standard possible. Some call it the relentless pursuit of excellence. Check for spelling & grammar, get someone to give you feedback before finalising, do your own quality check i.e. would you be happy with presenting your work to the Queen? When team members see this standard of output and the effort their leader has put in, it will inspire them to also pursue excellence.
Treat all people with respect.
1. Show empathy when needed, be firm but fair as required. Aim to be approachable and create opportunities for your team to talk and share.
Commitment
2. Showing commitment to see a task to the end while maintaining standards, putting in the extra time needed on occasion, and following through on what you say you are going to do. This will demonstrate to the outside world how you and your team are committed and your team will know that you have their back’s and will go the extra mile.
Team values
1. Ensure you conduct a session with your team to get a group consensus as to what your values should be, then make sure as the leader you uphold the values as though they are the 10 Commandments! Hold your team members accountable if they don’t display the values, and make sure your team hold you accountable also.
Acceptable behaviour
1. Linked closely to standards, you must be fair but steadfast and show courage to hold yourself and you team responsible for any behaviour which jeopardises your team or your task. Be consistent, show no favouritism and remember that behaviour, standards and values should be ‘bigger’ than any one individual.

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NEW ZEALAND HEAD OFFICE

LOCATION 393 Evans Bay Parade,
Hataitai, Wellington 6021

POST PO Box 14402, Kilbirnie, Wellington, 6241
EMAIL admin@futureleaders.co.nz
PHONE 0800 FUTURE (388 873)

WAIKATO Regional Office (NZ)

LOCATION Hamilton Yacht Club,
Innes Common, Hamilton 3204

EMAIL admin@futureleaders.co.nz
PHONE 0800 FUTURE (388 873)