Manufacturing, Trades & Services Team


Welcome! There are plenty of things happening here at TRS and we think you should know about them.

Among the news is our new manufacturing, trades and services team. From what we have seen in the market and what our clients are telling us, there is a constant need for roles within this industry to be filled. We have proven success and as such have pulled talented recruiters from our other industry related teams and placed them together, solely devoted to recruiting for our clients in the manufacturing, trades and services sector. Performance-wise this team has already shown that they have what it takes to get results. Get to know who they are, their backgrounds and how they can help you.

The Manufacturing, Trades and Services Team


Luke Atkinson – Team Leader

Luke has over 5 years’ experience as a specialist recruiter, developing relationships within the Manufacturing, Trades, Services and Technology sectors focusing on trade and tertiary qualified candidates nationwide and internationally. Luke has been with TRS since he moved to New Zealand from the UK over 3 years ago and after being a key component in the food and dairy team, he has proven to be continually successful in the manufacturing, trades and services sector with his expertise driven recruitment, some of his most recent successes include:

  • Job Title
  • Industrial Electrician
  • Mechanical Coordinator
  • Electrician
  • Mineral Processing Engineer
  • H/S Manager
  • Salary
  • $90k+
  • $75k+
  • 75k+
  • $100k+
  • $120k+
  • Location
  • Auckland
  • Canterbury
  • Hamilton
  • Wellington
  • Auckland

As Team Leader, he is managing a cohesive, experienced team of recruiters, where the goal is to provide a successful and consultative service, listening to client needs and providing advice and assistance where needed.


Chiel Van Asch – Consultant

Chiel Van Asch has 5 years of specialized recruitment experience including working alongside iconic NZ brands as well as smaller start-ups and has proved he can successfully recruit for both. He comes from a background in which he held management positions in manufacturing environments, so he has a good understanding of what employers in this industry want out of their employees and can make educated judgments of the candidates that are applying for jobs. Chiel’s experience as a recruiter and in the manufacturing industry makes him a perfect fit in the team.

Darren Chan – Consultant Support

Darren Chan has been consultant support for the manufacturing, trades and services team for about 8 months. He holds a masters degree in social sciences and has a background in the immigration industry, which proves very useful as some of our clients look to utilize skilled candidates from overseas and these people may need immigration / VISA assistance.



With over a decade of specialized recruitment experience between them, different backgrounds that each add value to the service and an established ability to successfully place the right candidates at the right job, this team is poised to continue and improve upon its early success in 2017. You may have spoken to these guys already. If you haven’t, they look forward to working with you.

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