West Coast career educators work collaboratively
A get-together of West Coast careers advisors and organisations will become a regular opportunity for sharing ideas and collaborating to benefit the local community.
Tai Poutini Polytechnic (TPP) recently hosted a lunch for around 15 West Coast careers, employment skills and education representatives. The group, which included representatives from local schools, the Salvation Army, Ministry of Social Development, WestREAP and others, discussed current issue in the industry and agreed to meet on a regular basis to talk about future opportunities.
Career Hub Coordinator Maree Thomas says the lunch was an informal gathering and opportunity to talk about work underway in the industry.
“It was great to catch up with people from local high schools and representatives of community organisations with an interest in careers and employment skills education. This first gathering was about connecting at the end of a busy year and and discussing ideas, but the group agreed it would be useful to meet on a regular basis."
“It will be a great way to share ideas and talk about upcoming initiatives, perhaps with a view to sharing resources and seeing how everyone can work collaboratively to get good outcomes for the West Coast community,” she says.
TPP Leader – Engagement Mequa Hourston says bringing local agencies together and supporting initiatives is part of the institute’s role in the community.
“TPP is happy to get behind regular events that bring together West Coast schools and organisations and seek to find new ways of working. We don’t need to be directly involved in the activities, but we’re here to offer support and help make things happen,” she says.
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