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In February 2014, we held the inaugural Community Careers Expo. Focussed heavily on connecting local workers with local jobs, the 31 employment outcomes of the 3 hour event superseded our target and own expectations!
The Careers Expo resulted in a number of benefits. The interest and engagement from the local businesses now, with the Ruapehu Whānau Transformation plan and projects has increased.
All attendees were surprised and impressed with the number of employment opportunities and local career pathways that are actually available – this was a great start to changing the perception that there “isn’t much work here”!
150 locals attended. 36 industry groups attended. 70+ jobseekers registered on our newly created ‘Job-seeker’ database. 45+ jobseekers partook in ‘speed-dating’ style interviews at the event – the atmosphere from which was thoroughly enjoyed by jobseekers and employers alike.
31 LOCALS WERE CONNECTED WITH A LOCAL JOB. All roles were paying over the minimum wage, and primarily awarded to those previously unemployed.
Crude calculations estimate that that’s an extra $1mill into local whānau homes, and into our local economy per annum! A huge achievement for the project, and for the events first year!
As of July 2014 we have completed warrant of fitness checks on 10 local residential homes. The findings were interesting! We can see now how we might establish a long-term sustainable programme of warrant of fitness checks available to all of our community.
The whānau who participated in the trial programme will be receiving a number of free services, and a maintenance plan that we will also help to have completed.
Our thanks go to those whānau who allowed us in their homes, and answered all our questions.
In June 2014, we started receiving registrations for a Ruapehu Adult Literacy Programme. Through a scoping session with a number of local literacy and educational experts, adult literacy needs were identified as a real priority that needed addressing asap. This programme provides locals with a programme that can be delivered one-one or in a group, which will be tailored to their individual needs.
We are very lucky to have local expertise in tutors who are willing to volunteer their time to run this programme.
The option to attain NCEA literacy and numeracy credits is also available through this programme and the local College.