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WHAT WE DO2019-07-12T15:37:26+00:00

WEST – West Auckland Enterprise Skills and Training is an independent, not for profit organisation with a long history of adult education involvement in the west Auckland community.
WEST provide skills and training to access employment, develop an existing business or start up idea and to support initiatives to develop enterprising communities, where local residents, community groups, organisations and businesses contribute to & benefit from their local economy. We do this through WEST initiatives such as:

WEST Driver Education – Driver Licence Preparation Courses to support people to prepare for and sit the Driver Licence tests. Courses include Learner Licence Theory Preparation, Restricted Licence Preparation, Full Licence Preparation, F Endorsement Forklift Certificate and OSH Operator Certificate.

WEST Training – Courses and workshops to support people to upskill or gain employment including First Aid Certificate Level One, Two and Refresher courses, Eftpos Training, Everyday New Zealand English – Beginner/Elementary, Intermediate and Reading and Writing

WEST Work Ready – employment support programmes to support people into employment. Courses include support with CV writing, interview skills, online job search and applications

WEST Means Business – workshops and courses to support small and home based business to grow including Starting a Business, Business Development for existing businesses and start-ups, IRD Business Health Check, Social Media Marketing for Small Business, Social Media Marketing for NFP Sector.

Becoming Financially Fit – a series of managing your money workshops to learn about your money personality, learn tried and tested ways to save and even make money, set goals and start paying off existing debt, start your savings goals and learn how to borrow sensibly and reduce or even eliminate future debt. WEST Becoming Financially Fit also runs some exciting FREE workshops to help you save money or grow your income including:

Sewing for Beginners 

FREE Plus Size Clothing Swap

Slow Cooking on a Budget 

Jam and Preserves Making 

Beeswax Food Wraps and Cloth Food Bag Making

Cheese Making

Starting a Small Home Based Business 

Ways you can help us!

Donate Clothing to WEST Dressed
Donate Clothing to WEST DressedAs an Individual
100% of proceeds from the WEST Dressed Pre-Loved Plus Size Clothing Op Shop goes toward funding our FREE Becoming Financially Fit Courses. So your clothing donations directly support the community to learn new skills that will help them to save money and grow their income. And all clothing in the shop is affordably priced from $1 to $4 regardless of the size or brand so anyone can afford to shop there.
Become a WEST Supporter Business
Become a WEST Supporter BusinessAs a Business
WEST is always on the lookout for resources for our courses. We already have some wonderful businesses – both large and small who support us by donating their services and resources including The Warehouse Henderson, The Pallet Company and Commercial Road Skills. In return we will promote your business through our Social Media pages, and during our events. Please contact us to discuss how your business can become a WEST Supporter Business.
Become a WEST Supporter Organisation
Become a WEST Supporter OrganisationAs an Organisation
WEST is always on the lookout for resources for our courses. We already have some wonderful community organisations – both large and small who support us by donating food for our cooking classes, tutors for our becoming financially fit workshops and electrical goods for our sewing and cooking classes. In return we will promote your organisation through our Social Media pages, and during our events. Please contact us to discuss how your organisation can become a WEST Supporter Organisation, and how we can work together.
Become a WEST Tutor or Volunteer
Become a WEST Tutor or VolunteerAs an Individual
WEST is always on the lookout for new tutors and ideas for new classes. WEST run courses that support the community to save money or grow their income so the ideas for courses are endless. If you have a skill you would like to share with the community please let us know. Or perhaps you would like to volunteer at WEST in the op shop, the office, or the classroom. We would love to hear from you.
Become a WEST Donor
Become a WEST DonorAs an Individual or a Business
WEST run courses and workshops to support the economic wellbeing in West Auckland. Many of our courses are free or part-fee and therefore we rely on the generous philanthropic donors who support us do our work in the community. If you are in a position to become a WEST Donor, or can sponsor a person to take part in one of our paid courses such as the F Endorsement, OSH Operators Certificate, First Aid or Driver Licencing courses we would love to hear from you. Workplace certificates and driver licences greatly improve the economic outcomes of people in our community and your donation will have a lasting effect.

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Meet Our Staff

Lee Hickey
Lee HickeyBusiness Development Manager
Cynthia Blom
Cynthia BlomAdministrator/Accounts
Gaylene Thompson
Gaylene ThompsonReception/Admin Assist
Jordan Douglas
Jordan DouglasProgramme Coordinator Support

Meet Our Tutors

Elizabeth Aloua
Elizabeth AlouaWEST Becoming Financially Fit Tutor
Maxine Corbett
Maxine CorbettWEST Work Ready/WEST Training Tutor
Lee Hickey
Lee HickeyWEST Training/Becoming Financially Fit Tutor
Lynda Barrett
Lynda BarrettWEST Driver Education Tutor
Maria Conaghan
Maria ConaghanWEST Driver Education Tutor
Dr Susan Healy
Dr Susan HealyWEST Training Tutor
Buffie Mawhinney
Buffie MawhinneyWEST Becoming Financially Fit Tutor
John Mowbray
John MowbrayWEST Driver Education/Commercial Roadskills Tutor
John Carrodus
John CarrodusWEST Becoming Financially Fit Tutor
Carolyn Slade
Carolyn SladeWEST Becoming Financially Fit Tutor
Brent Mags
Brent MagsWEST Becoming Financially Fit Tutor
Gaylene Thompson
Gaylene ThompsonWEST Driver Education Tutor
Judy Henderson
Judy HendersonWEST Becoming Financially Fit Tutor

Meet Our Volunteers

Barbara Joy
Barbara JoyWEST Dressed Coordinator
Stephanie
StephanieWEST Dressed Volunteer
Leanne
LeanneWEST Dressed Volunteer

Meet Our Governance Board

John Carrodus
John CarrodusChairperson
John was previously a principal at Edmonton Primary School and is now actively involved in supporting a number of community and Not for Profit organisations. John is also the WEST handyperson and we keep him busy with maintaining the Facility so that it is always looking it’s best.
Jane Gilmour
Jane GilmourGovernance Board Secretary
Jane has been Manager of Literacy Waitakere for over 10 years, as a business manager rather than an educator! She brings a business and people management focus to the organisation from a diverse career in small business, including her own, in food manufacturing and distribution, importing and exporting, personnel recruitment and landscape architecture. She has a BA in languages and an NZIM Management Diploma.
Barbara Joy
Barbara JoyGovernance Board Member
Barbara worked for ten years with Waitakere Enterprise, including two years Manager of the Business Incubator/Business Centre plus delivering `Be Your Own Boss’ Start-Up programme for MSD. Her previous extensive experience included sales and technical support both in Australia & New Zealand. She has three years experience as a previous Community Waitakere Board member and now WEA/WEST.
Lynda Barrett
Lynda BarrettGovernance Board Member
Lynda has been self employed as a driving instructor for 32 years, a school bus & charter bus driver for 10 years, and a tutor for WEA/WEST for 14 years. Plus just the normal wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother!
Vinetta Pearce
Vinetta PearceGovernance Board Member
Vinetta has considerable experience in small business management, network facilitation and convening, and place based community development. Currently Vinetta works as the manager of a local community organisation.