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The intern helping to build Auckland

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PicturedSebastian Reece meets Geoff Hunt (CEO)

Over 600 young Aucklanders entered the BuildAKL competition to win four weeks' paid work experience with leading construction companies, including Hawkins. In the end there were 11 winners: young men and women from all over Auckland who want to try their hand at construction.

At 23, our winner Sebastian Reece (Seb) has already had a taste of construction and is keen to re-establish his career having just returned home from his OE in Australia. "I love the tools, love a laugh and am really looking forward to getting stuck in and soaking up all the learning on offer at Hawkins."

Seb started with Hawkins this week and will rotate around a variety of projects and disciplines over the coming month. He is particularly looking forward to getting some exposure to Quantity Surveying. 

#BuildAKL has been developed by Auckland's construction and infrastructure sector employers, in partnership with Auckland Tourism, Events and Economic Development (ATEED) – as part of a commitment to ensuring our youth are entering employment, education and training.​

Getting more young Aucklanders into construction and infrastructure is a win-win – it will help address a serious skills shortage in the industry and provide a huge range of jobs and career pathways for young people starting out.

The campaign raises awareness of the number and diversity of roles within the sector, from entry-level jobs to apprenticeships and skilled jobs requiring qualifications. #BuildAKL is for all Aucklanders aged 16-24, with a particular focus on attracting more young women, Māori and Pasifika into the sector.​