News: Youth are ‘licensed to work’

20/12/2017 The Youth Employability Programme is the answer to the often-raised concern by local employers that young people lack the ‘soft skills’ to get and keep a job. And judging by the full house of facilitators attending a recent two day training session, the programme is set to be stand-out success for eastern Bay students. 

The Youth Employability Programme - License to Work is a national programme that was co-designed by employers and educators, and teaches seven core competencies for work, including self-management, resilience, problem solving and decision-making. 

Barbara MacLennan, Workforce Project Manager for Toi EDA, explained. 

“The programme has been operating for three full years around the country now, with good results for employers and for over 1,000 participating students who have both achieved their License to Work and improved their academic performance. Career LinkUp Eastern BoP is thrilled to bring the programme here, and set our own students on the same path” Ms MacLennan said. 

The recent License to Work Facilitator Training session held at Te Whare Wananga ā Awanuiarangi attracted educators from across the region.  The competencies are taught to students through interactive workshops as part of a school or tertiary programme. Once rangatahi show confidence they know the soft skills, they practice them within a voluntary job suited to their interests for 10-20 hours, and then in a real work placement for eight full days, or 80 hours. 

“The supervisors in these organisations are supported to give the young people quality feedback on their soft skills, as well as on the tasks they are achieving,” Ms MacLennan said. 

Licence to Work is one of a number of programmes facilitated by Career LinkUp Eastern BoP who are driven to forge stronger links between education and employment. Establishment Board Chair, Terry Collet said “It’s by working together that we’ll really make a difference to the numbers of rangatahi and young people who successfully transition into work.

This coming year will be a busy year with many local schools preparing to implement the License to Work with local communities and employers. So far Ōpōtiki College, Trident and Whakatāne High Schools, Murupara Area School, Te Wharekura o Ruatoki and Te Kura o te Whānau a Apanui have planning in hand. They will be selecting students keen to participate as the school year gets underway. 


For more information:
Barbara MacLennan, Toi EDA Workforce Project Manager, 0274252277 
Image below: License to Work Facilitators learning new communication skills