Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search

 


New employment programme ‘just the job’ for Canterbury youth

New employment programme ‘just the job’ for Canterbury youth

A unique approach to workplace education will help boost Canterbury’s youth employment rates by giving students the employment edge ready for life after school.

While Canterbury is riding a post-quake employment high, with rises in job vacancies beyond the national average, recent youth unemployment rates indicate an upward trend[1]. A situation compounded by employers’ feedback that young people lack crucial work-related skills, and alarming global statistics, such as 50% of youth believing education hasn’t fully prepared them for the working world.

Amanda Wheeler, Workchoice CEO says while there are some exceptions, most high schools focus on academic results rather than career and recruitment knowledge or transition experiences and connection with the world of work. The result is an unprepared generation of future workers.

“Many young people have no idea how to market themselves successfully and no understanding of the recruitment process. They don’t know about skills shortages, may not realise what one job can lead them into, or that careers aren’t a “ladder climb” anymore, and that it’s okay to try a new direction,” says Ms Wheeler.

In response to these challenges, Workchoice Trust is introducing Life After School - a new practical, skills-based programme that will equip senior students with key skills to successfully market themselves to potential employers. Christchurch students will be the first in the country to benefit from Life After School, with a pilot programme held at Lincoln University on 10th June, 2014. A national roll-out is on the cards for 2015.

Ms. Wheeler says Christchurch is the obvious city to trial Life After School given its unique employment market and willingness of local businesses and schools to change the status quo.

“Life After School is a practical programme with a focus on vocational pathways, so it will perfectly complement current local initiatives to combat Canterbury’s skills shortages in construction and the trades,” says Ms. Wheeler.

“Yet, because the programme offers real insights into todays’ employment market across the board, plus extensive practical advice on marketing yourself to prospective employers, it will benefit all students and support Canterbury’s wider talent pool requirements,” she adds.
.
The interactive morning session will give students an understanding of the recruitment process and how to best market themselves, as well as hearing directly from local businesses what they look for when hiring youth. They’ll also gain an understanding of what “employability skills” and “workplace norms” are so they can transition with ease from school to employment. Highlights also include mock interviews, job hunting tips and appropriate use of social media.


A panel of industry representatives will reveal what they look for when hiring and how to get the employment edge via two discussion topics: ‘Skills Shortages – where are the jobs for young people?’, and ‘How can young people best market themselves?’ As keynote speaker, Dr Paul Wood will inspire students with his unique story of personal change, plus share his insights into achieving personal goals and overcoming adversity. Speakers, Alisa Bartholomew of Career Dreams Limited, and Alaina Luxmoore of Workchoice Trust, will share their expertise on career planning and preparation and social media as friend and foe.

The afternoon industry visit will give students hands-on experience of the working environment with a range of Christchurch businesses opening their doors, including Canterbury DHB, Countdown Logistics, HamiltonJet and Accor Ibis. The day is guaranteed to help students make informed decisions about their life after school.

In support of the programme, all participating students will receive a Christchurch labour market flyer, developed by Careers NZ in partnership with the Canterbury Development Corporation.

See www.workchoice.co.nz for more information.

Ends

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

 

PARLIAMENT TODAY:

Salvation Army On Homelessness: Hard Times In West Auckland

The report details an uncomfortable story of people whose only option is to live an unhealthy, dangerous and damaging street life... The social housing needed by these people is not currently available in sufficient quantity. More social housing is required in the West. More>>

ALSO:

Message For PM: NZ Supports Te Reo Māori – You Should Too

As Māori Language Week celebrations and commemoration of 40 years draws to an end, the Māori Language Commission, Te Taura Whiri i te Reo Māori, is once again hugely encouraged by the widespread support for Māori language from throughout the country ... More>>

ALSO:

Arming Police: Frontline Police To Routinely Carry Tasers

"In making the decision, the Police executive has considered almost five years worth of 'use of force' data… It consistently shows that the Taser is one of the least injury-causing tactical options available when compared with other options, with a subject injury rate of just over one per cent for all deployments." More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On D-Day For Dairy At The TPP

While New Zealand may feel flattered at being called “the Saudi Arabia of milk” it would be more accurate to regard us as the suicide bombers of free trade. More>>

ALSO:

Leaked Letter: Severe Restrictions on State Owned Enterprises

Even an SOE that exists to fulfil a public function neglected by the market or which is a natural monopoly would nevertheless be forced to act "on the basis of commercial considerations" and would be prohibited from discriminating in favour of local businesses in purchases and sales. Foreign companies would be given standing to sue SOEs in domestic courts for perceived departures from the strictures of the TPP... More>>

ALSO:

"Gutted" Safety Bill: Time To Listen To Workplace Victims’ Families

Labour has listened to the families of whose loved ones have been killed at work and calls on other political parties to back its proposals to make workplaces safer and prevent unnecessary deaths on the job. More>>

ALSO:

Regulators: Govt To ‘Crowd-Source’ Regulatory Advice

A wide-ranging set of reforms is to be implemented to shake up the way New Zealand government agencies develop, write and implement regulations. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
More RSS  RSS News AlertsNews Alerts
 
 
 
Regional
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news