CCL sponsors Kilmarnock Enterprises, encourages other corporates to get onboard
high school is a stressful time for many young Kiwis. For those with a
disability it can be harrowing. As they navigate limited pathways to live a
purposeful life, their peers chase further education, new jobs, and freedom.
Enterprises is changing the lives of Kiwis with a disability for the better. But
they need corporate sponsors to keep doing the job.
in 1958, Kilmarnock – then known as the Canterbury Sheltered Workshop
Association – soon acquired its first commercial contract, assembling leather
sandals for the Suckling Brothers.
Today, Kilmarnock is regarded as one of the country’s most progressive social enterprises, providing commercial services to business juggernauts including Fonterra, The Gough Group, Murdoch Manufacturing (Pams range of herbs and spices), and Air New Zealand.
organisation’s sweet spot, contract manufacturing, has developed significantly
since its days of producing ANZAC poppies – a contract that ended in 2010.
though contract manufacturing perhaps doesn’t have quite the same sizzle as new
forms of work driving the digital economy, it is nevertheless work highly
prized by both clients and the 70-plus people busy at workstations in
Kilmarnock’s Wigram facility.
employees everywhere, Kilmarnock’s people relish the opportunity to earn a wage
and bring purpose and meaning to their lives, turning their hand to recycling,
assembly, and packaging.
recently, the social enterprise launched a learning academy to help its
people achieve NZQA qualifications in numeracy and literacy, a development that
sees around 20 graduates each year extend their talents and work further
without government funding to run and develop its academy, Kilmarnock requires
corporate sponsors to deliver the classroom training for its NZQA programme.
has signed on as a corporate sponsor, but more are needed if Kilmarnock is to
continue its good work and, longer term, achieve an audacious goal to replicate
its services in Wellington.
“Sponsors are extremely important,” says
Michael Toothill, CEO of Kilmarnock. “We’re extremely grateful that CCL has got
onboard. While our factory operation benefits from some government funding,
we’re on our own when it comes to the academy. The great thing for our sponsor
partners is that we can show them outcomes.”
Cherie Roache, director of CCL’s southern region, says
CCL is excited to support the academy. “Kilmarnock’s work is inspiring. We feel
privileged to support them and the work they do to enrich the lives of Kiwis
who face challenges most of us can’t even imagine.”
Contact Michael Toothill, CEO of Kilmarnock, to learn how your sponsorship could change the lives of Kiwis who deserve your help. Michael.firstname.lastname@example.org or 03 348 5162