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Creative pathway increases opportunities for young people

Creative pathway increases opportunities for young people

1 July 2014


Adding ‘Creative Industries’ as a Vocational Pathway will increase opportunities for young people if industry, schools and education providers get involved, says the Industry Training Federation.

“Creative Industries is the sixth vocational pathway available for NCEA students,” says ITF Chief Executive Mark Oldershaw. “Creative industries include visual and performing arts; design and visual communication; film and TV production; and digital technologies.

“All are valid career options and increasingly strong contributors to our economy. Many young people want to work in these areas, and this enables contexualised work experience and targeted study options to help steer young people into these vocations.”

The other five vocational pathway areas are: Manufacturing and Technology; Construction and Infrastructure; Primary Industries; Service Industries; and Social and Community Services.

“Keeping young people interested in learning has widespread benefits. This is a critical stage in life, and having interesting and relevant opportunities makes all the difference.
“But the key ingredient is participation,” says Mark. “Employers need enthusiastic, young talent, with the right skills and qualifications, so we’d encourage all employers to get involved with Vocational Pathways.”
Mark says Industry Training Organisations (ITO) can provide information, coordinate partnerships, and identify skill sets and learning options for the various pathways.
“Increasing our pool of talented, skilled young workers will benefit industry, our economy, and our broader quality of life.”

The ITF is a voluntary membership organisation representing all of NZ's ITOs.
For more on Vocational Pathways visit:
www.youthguarantee.net.nz

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