February 19, 2018
Sharper focus for Te Taitokerau trade training
A new iwi and hapu initiative is trying to reshape trades training in Northland with the goal of getting young Maori into careers.
Te Matarau Education Trust -general manager Huhana Lyndon says the trust is working with hapu, iwi, educators, and communities to develop a Te Tai Tokerau trade training strategy to ensure tertiary providers are offering the right training, investors are putting money into the right places, and high school students are being prepared early enough for the courses.
She says trades are now wider than painting, plumbing and building, and they are increasingly reliant of technology.
"If you are going to be a mechanic, you are going to have to learn how to operate the machinery to tune the car. In painting, they are using apps and using computer technology to match paint colours to houses. We need to think broader in terms of the skills and the type of programme design we havce to reflect what the industry is currently working with," Ms Lyndon says.
Feedback from students is they need career advice earlier to ensure they are choosing the right NCEA subjects to be on track when leaving school.
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