"What has impressed me so much about our home grown trade cadets is the spark in their eye when they can see the opportunities ahead of them.''

Northpower is banking on its own future in setting up a programme which will train 10 to 12 cadets a year.

At its launch in Whangārei on Monday, several people involved in setting up the comprehensive training programme referred to helping address a skills shortage in Northland.

Northpower chief executive Andrew McLeod said he believes it is a ground-breaking community partnership that provides people with careers they might not have had access