Dream big and work together is the message I gave to the career expo evening hosted by Te Wharekura o Rakaumanga.
The expo was a collaboration between the Wharekura, Waikato-Tainui and Te Puni Kōkiri and was an attempt to engage young people and their whanau about the opportunities to ‘earn while you learn’. Approximately 200 participants from years 12 and 13 students from Hamilton (Ngā Taiatea Wharekura, Tai Wānanga), surrounding Waikato district (Te Kaokaoroa o Pātetere, Te Rau Aroha, Te Kauwhata and Ngāruawahia) and Auckland (Ngā Tapuwae College) attended the expo.
The event comprised of information stalls and ‘café’ style workshops to provide an insight to what employers are looking for, how to prepare a cv and the basic social skills required to excel in a workplace environment. What was great about the event was that real jobs and apprenticeships were on offer for students and in some cases their parents. It really demonstrated that in today’s labour market a ‘can do attitude’ and a learning for life approach to employment and skills training can open so many doors.