Workshop on employment

READY FOR ACTION: Ready To Work participants (back) Gayleen Wilkie (Taupo Pathways), Kim Holland (Activate Tairawhiti) , Fiona Harland (Hawke’s Bay), Karen Fenn (Activate Tairawhiti), Courtney White (Youth Inspire Wellington); (in front) Ali Black (Youth Inspire Wellington), Shirley Johnson (Comet Auckland), Jane Burnett (Comet Auckland). Picture by Rebecca Grunwell

GISBORNE will host a new North Island workshop aimed at exploring ways of engaging young people with suitable employers.

As part of a regional Licence to Work Workshop, hosted by Activate Tairawhiti, 15 North Island Licence to Work managers are in Gisborne today to conclude a two-day workshop, and Activate Tairawhiti economic development project manager Kim Holland said it was a coup for the region to host the event.

“The hui is expected to allow delegates to discuss what is working well and what is not, to review training and mentoring, and to improve the efficiency and sustainability of government policy and funding.”

In Gisborne the programme comes under the Youth Employability Programme, a business-led initiative, responding to business and industry concerns that young people may not be developing the "soft skills" needed to succeed in the workplace.

Well received

Gisborne coordinator Karen Fenn said it was still early days burt the programme had been well received.

“The Licence to Work programme gives us opportunities to embed employability skills and provide mentoring by youth friendly employers. We have around 50 enrolled in the programme at varying stages, with the first intake due to graduate in October.”

The Licence To Work programme is intended to provide a link between young people, education, training and employers and provide young people with meaningful work experience opportunities to develop real world employability.

Ms Fenn pointed out the goal was not to have participants placed in jobs as a direct result of the programme, “though that would be nice”.

“There is never pressure on our participating employer mentors to employ our students," she said.

"The ultimate goal is to create graduates who have increased their employability because of what they have learned during the programme and their time with the region’s employers.”

Nick Whittingham, Optometrist and Business Director at SpecSavers, said he has valued the opportunity to mentor a Licence to Work participant.

“The programme allows students insight into what they are likely to experience in a typical business environment so that they can enter seamlessly into work, improving their long-term employability," he said.

“Engaging with that age group also gives us a rare opportunity to review our environment and training practices with the modern school leaver in mind. It’s a win-win,” he said.

For more information on the Licence to Work programme, contact Karen Fenn at Activate Tairawhiti.

GISBORNE will host a new North Island workshop aimed at exploring ways of engaging young people with suitable employers.

As part of a regional Licence to Work Workshop, hosted by Activate Tairawhiti, 15 North Island Licence to Work managers are in Gisborne today to conclude a two-day workshop, and Activate Tairawhiti economic development project manager Kim Holland said it was a coup for the region to host the event.

“The hui is expected to allow delegates to discuss what is working well and what is not, to review training and mentoring, and to improve the efficiency and sustainability of government policy and funding.”

In Gisborne the programme comes under the Youth Employability Programme, a business-led initiative, responding to business and industry concerns that young people may not be developing the "soft skills" needed to succeed in the workplace.

Well received

Gisborne coordinator Karen Fenn said it was still early days burt the programme had been well received.

“The Licence to Work programme gives us opportunities to embed employability skills and provide mentoring by youth friendly employers. We have around 50 enrolled in the programme at varying stages, with the first intake due to graduate in October.”

The Licence To Work programme is intended to provide a link between young people, education, training and employers and provide young people with meaningful work experience opportunities to develop real world employability.

Ms Fenn pointed out the goal was not to have participants placed in jobs as a direct result of the programme, “though that would be nice”.

“There is never pressure on our participating employer mentors to employ our students," she said.

"The ultimate goal is to create graduates who have increased their employability because of what they have learned during the programme and their time with the region’s employers.”

Nick Whittingham, Optometrist and Business Director at SpecSavers, said he has valued the opportunity to mentor a Licence to Work participant.

“The programme allows students insight into what they are likely to experience in a typical business environment so that they can enter seamlessly into work, improving their long-term employability," he said.

“Engaging with that age group also gives us a rare opportunity to review our environment and training practices with the modern school leaver in mind. It’s a win-win,” he said.

For more information on the Licence to Work programme, contact Karen Fenn at Activate Tairawhiti.

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