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UK school study uses Kiwi behavioural tool

27 March 2012

UK school study uses Kiwi behavioural tool

TetraMap, the innovative Kiwi behavioural model, is being used in a new UK study of 250 students and young apprentices to determine a link between personality type and future education and career choices.

The study, which commenced last week at Thomas Becket Catholic High School, Northampton and local apprentice recruitment & training company Starting Off, will run for several months throughout 2012. It aims to help students with those choices by increasing their understanding of themselves and improving confidence and communication.

TetraMap is a New Zealand-originated model that uses the elements of nature – earth, air, water and fire – as a metaphor to describe people and their preferences. It is used in 21 countries around the world.

Training consultant and TetraMap facilitator William Deegan said the project will involve analysing previous and future career choices made by the students and apprentices, whilst using the TetraMap tool to increase understanding of personality and behavioural types.

“Overall, I want to be able to establish if there are any links between education, your early career path and the decisions made at the formative stages of your life, or if, ultimately, young adults just gravitate towards the path that most closely matches their person style.”

The project will look at students and apprentices in different stages of their life when it comes to making key decisions about school subjects, tertiary education and career path.

William will deliver TetraMap sessions to students and apprentices, which provide insight into study methods that might appeal to each TetraMap personality type, and will help apprentices understand the working environment and their new work colleagues better.

Founded by New Zealand couple Jon and Yoshimi Brett, the TetraMap tool is already being used in Asia, the UK, Europe, USA, Australia and Mexico.

TetraMap is also being used by First Foundation, an educational trust that brings together Kiwi businesses and students, in its student scholarship programme.

About TetraMap
TetraMap is a cross-cultural training tool for better behaviour and performance in the workplace. Its user-friendly workbooks and leader-guides facilitate how to develop people and organisations. It was developed by Jon and Yoshimi Brett and first used in 1992.

Its origins come from studies of ancient philosophy that looked to nature as a reflection of behaviour. It also takes learning from Buckminster Fuller’s (1895-1983) work that looked to nature from a perspective of helping humanity solve global issues through his design science methodology, as well as his theories about the tetrahedron. In 1995 they integrated the tetrahedron and the four elements of nature – earth, air, water and fire – to form their model which led to the publication of TetraMap® in 2000. This now forms the basis of their programmes and products that are used around the world.

TetraMap works with a number of youth training organisations including the Rotary Youth Leadership Award, a programme that helps to develop personal and leadership skills for youth between the ages of 18 and 24.

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