Local education and training will supply relevant knowledge and skills to meet the demands of our current and future local workforce. Local workers will be aware of the local opportunities for employment and have the choice to train or study through a pathway that leads directly to employment in the Ruapehu rohe.
This is an area of opportunity where we can begin community succession planning to guarantee employment opportunities that will future proof economic sustainability for whānau and for the community. In a digital age where there is the technology to bring the world in to our community and homes, training and higher education opportunities for locals wanting to stay ‘at home’ within the rohe, are limitless. This will add to the capacity of the local workforce, and importantly, it will allow locals to become better qualified while still contributing to the local economy.
Connect local jobs and local workers.
There seems to be several real and perceived barriers causing a disconnect between local workers and local employment. There is an opportunity to eliminate these barriers and provide choices for local people to be employed within their own rohe.
Local workforce has the ‘right’* capacity.
There is an opportunity to establish the ‘right’ capacity for our local workforce by clearly understanding the current and future workforce needs of the Ruapehu rohe. This will contribute to a sustainable local economy, which will continue to create more economic opportunities of benefit to whānau.
*In this context the word ‘right’ means the capacity is suitable for the intended purpose; to correlate with the distinct workforce demands of the Ruapehu rohe.
These are the Employment solutions, set by local whānau, that provide the stepping stones towards capitalising on the areas of opportunity above.
Community Work Broker
This is a dedicated role with responsibilities to whānau across Raetihi, Ohakune and Waiouru, that include, but are not limited to:
• encouraging strong work ethic to attain and sustain employment and career growth
• supporting whānau to navigate the local seasonal work to ensure permanent employment all year long.
• co-ordinating and sharing information between the local secondary school, the community learning centre, training and education providers and local employers and businesses, in relation to employment and training opportunities
• connecting whānau with the right services, mentors or employment sponsors that will lead to better employment and economic opportunities and choices for whānau and the community.
THIS SOLUTION BEGAN IN 2014. AN IWI-LED & OWNED RECRUITMENT ENTERPRISE WAS ESTABLISHED THROUGH THIS SOLUTION.
Community Careers Expo
A careers expo to showcase local employers and local employment/business opportunities from Raetihi, Ohakune and Waiouru. There will be an open invitation for the entire community to attend the expo. It will be an occasion for young people and potential employees or currently employed locals to see what kinds of training, employment and entrepreneurial opportunities are available to pursue in the local area.
THIS SOLUTION WAS LAUNCHED IN 2014. IT WILL BE AN ANNUAL EVENT. THE FIRST EXPO, AN EVENT OF 3 HOURS, ACHIEVED 31 EMPLOYMENT OUTCOMES.
Priority has been set to establish training in the Tourism and Hospitality industries, with other industries likely to be added later on. This initiative is being established to provide local training for local jobs. Encouragingly, local employers from Raetihi, Ohakune and Waiouru have already begun to share information and knowledge to agree how best to work together in support of the prospective trainees and the trades training initiative.
THIS SOLUTION WILL BEGIN IN 2015.
Local Skill Needs Analysis
A local skill needs analysis will be undertaken to ascertain what the skills and knowledge requirements are for local employment opportunities throughout Raetihi, Ohakune and Waiouru. This will inform local education and training to ensure learners have access to relevant knowledge and skills to increase the local workforce capacity. This integrated approach will also help to increase the confidence of locals to apply for, and attain local jobs.
The needs analysis will analyse the future skill requirements for the area, and inform a local skills database as a resource to match the supply of skills with the demand for skills within local employment and/or economic opportunities.
THIS SOLUTION BEGAN IN 2014.
Community Learning Centre
This aims to be an innovative modern and open learning environment pushing the boundaries of educational possibility. It will be a destination for both young and old to learn, be inspired and support each other in the pursuit of higher learning.
The Community learning centre will:
• house the main technology hub for the community
• connect locals with universities, wānanga, polytechnics, or other training organisations to enable access to programmes and qualifications from any education provider, while still living in the rohe
• support workers learning on the job
• provide pastoral care for any learner, especially those studying extramurally, and/or who are second-chance learners
• ensure academic mentoring, with tuakana-teina models that may include on-line mentoring
• provide homework classes and support for whānau, where parents are welcome to come along with their children and learn homework and study tips together
• connect with local businesses and national and international business experts to provide a dedicated service for businesses, business owners, aspiring entrepreneurs, and local learners interested in understanding the world of business
• provide an opportunity for tuakana-teina mentoring for whānau.***
*** Whānau mentoring is the idea of whānau who have recently realised their aspirations mentoring other whānau to realise their own strength and potential. Whānau will be encouraged to take the time to reacquaint themselves with their uniqueness and talent, and ultimately have the resolution to take action toward planning for ‘tomorrow’ and realising their own possibilities for the future. This service is also linked to the integrated service centre (within the Health solutions).
THIS SOLUTION WILL BEGIN IN 2014/2015.
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