Careers hui shares ideas for Coasters’ future

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The Tai Poutini Polytechnic Careers Hui has brought West Coast educators together to share ideas about making better futures for local learners.

Regional educators, careers and employment advisors came together today (Friday 25 June 2021) at Tai Poutini Polytechnic’s Greymouth campus to share conversations, kai and a chance to consider how to create opportunities for employment for West Coasters.

Tai Poutini Polytechnic Career Hub Coordinator Maree Thomas says the Careers Hui is held three or four times a year as a way to gather together those working in the West coast careers space, support people in finding employment, and offer advice on pathways to training and employment.

“With so much going on post-Covid, there is some amazing work being done in supporting employment opportunities on the West Coast. This has been an afternoon to come together to discuss ideas and challenges in making sure those opportunities keep being available for students and youth entering our workforce,” she says.

Maree says the hui touches on topics such as engaging parents and whanau with career pathways and training, as well as educating and supporting employers.

“We have teaching and careers staff from high schools and employment brokers from MSD community organisations who work with people of all ages, supporting them to find employment or training,” she says.

West Coast Trades Academy Manager Tania Washer talked about a recent day out with high school students and the fishing industry, and Marina Tomasi Atkins, of the Mayor’s Taskforce for Jobs, spoke about what’s been happening with the programme.

“It’s a chance to meet and chat about what everybody is doing in their work and find opportunities to collaborate on some of the important issues for our students. All are welcome to bring their own questions and ideas to the table for a conversation,” Maree says. 

For more information contact:
Mequa Hourston, Leader Engagement
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