News: Youth Employability Skills a big focus for Career LinkUp in 2018


The recent License to Work Facilitator Training session held at Te Whare Wananga ā Awanuiarangi attracted a ‘full house’ of educators and employers according to Barbara MacLennan, Workforce Project Manager for Toi EDA. “We’re keen to support this programme in secondary and tertiary education in the Eastern Bay, as we constantly get feedback from employers about rangatahi lacking the soft skills for employment.”

The Youth Employability Programme – License to Work was co-designed by employers and educators, and teaches seven core competencies for work, including self-management, resilience, problem solving and decision-making, willingness to learn. It’s 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. They end up with a document that is very specific about the soft skills they’ve demonstrated, including from an employer point of view.

The competencies are taught as part of a school or tertiary programme. Once a student shows confidence, opportunities are sought to practice the skills within a voluntary job placement for 10-20 hours, and in a real work placement for eight full days, or 80 hours. “The supervisors in these organisations are both giving rangatahi feedback on the tasks they are working on, and especially about their demonstration of the skills they’ve been taught. Local feedback is that the programme is well structured. The resources are all there for teachers, employers and community organisations to each play their part to help local young people grow these skills.

“2018 will be a busy year with many local schools intending to implement the programme. So far Ōpōtiki College, Trident and Whakatāne High Schools, Murupara Area School, Te Wharekura o Ruatoki and Te Kura o te Whānau a Apanui are involved. We’re recruiting our new personnel for Career LinkUp Eastern BoP and they will provide practical support for the schools and employers as they get the programme in place. We’ll need willing community services and employers to provide good opportunities and feedback to rangatahi. It’s by working together that we’ll really make a difference on this challenge”.

For more information:
Barbara MacLennan, Toi EDA Workforce Project Manager, 0274252277
Youth Employability Programme – License to Work