Outstanding Young Employee Award 2016

Partners Porirua - Proud sponsor of the Young Employee Award, in conjunction with Porirua Chamber of Commerce, Westpac Porirua Business Excellence Awards

Short List Announced

Three exceptional young people have been shortlisted for the Partners Porirua sponsored Young Employee Awards. The finalists are Jordan Mawson from CPB HEB Joint Venture; Manda Roberts from Topor Bistro and James Gill from Reds Hair.

Jordan Mawson (left);                Manda Roberts(centre)                       James Gill (right)


Coming to Red’s from the Aotea College Gateway program, James Gill is goal oriented and focused on completing his hairdressing apprenticeship. Through skill and determination he has been chosen for the nationwide Elite L’Oreal ID team. – which recognizes creative talent and commitment to the craft of hairdressing.

 Willing to work hard and with enthusiasm, Jordan Mawson is a conscientious member of the labour crew on the Transmission Gully project. Highly respectful and willing to learn, Jordan has been handpicked for a Traineeship and has a great future ahead of him.

In her role as Sous Chef, Manda strives for perfection and consistently contributes to the profitability of Topor Bistro. She has complete dedication to the restaurant and its high standards.

This year’s nominations for Porirua’s Outstanding Young Employee put paid to any suggestion that young people of today are lazy and unemployable.

“Recent criticisms of the work ethic of young people appear to be unfounded in Porirua” said Michelle Robinson of Partners Porirua which sponsors the award annually, as part of the Westpac Porirua Business Awards

2015 Young Employee Winners
Alosina Parsons from
Connect Global &

Manda Roberts from Topor Bistro

This year 14 nominations from a wide variety of business sectors were all of an extremely high caliber. Nominations have come from infrastructure, service sector, construction and retail, with employers commenting on their nominee’s contribution to health and safety in the workplace, contribution to profit, commitment to customer service and a passion for their jobs. “A far cry” said Michelle, “from the picture painted by an Auckland employer who claimed that kiwi youth were unmotivated.”

In interviewing the candidates, a common feature has been that many young people have taken active steps to become work ready and to make the most of work development opportunities provided by agencies such as Partners Porirua, Work and Income and other significant employers. A number of nominees found their jobs through personal recommendations and several nominees have been through the Limited Service Volunteers program,  a six-week training programme for young people run by the New Zealand Defence Force on behalf of Work and Income.

Chair of Partners Porirua and judge of the awards, Colin Bleasdale said meeting the young employees was one of the highlights of his year.

The winner of the Outstanding Young Employee Award 2016 will be announced at the Westpac Porirua Business Awards function to be held in November.


2015 Outstanding Young Employee Award Ceremony


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