BRINGING OUR OBJECTIVES TO LIFE: YOUTH EMPLOYABILITY PASSPORT PROGRAMME

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This year we launched the Youth Employability Passport (YEP) to help young people build, practise and integrate the competency skills employers have identified as being critical for them to succeed in securing and retaining employment.

The objective of the YEP is to establish successful education and industry partnerships that connect young people with vocational opportunities within the region to ensure students are aware of their career options in the trades and technology sectors, and have the opportunity to build their employability skills.

OUTCOMES OF THE PROGRAMME:

Around 100 young people across three Auckland schools and one training organisation are participating in a pilot programme designed and led by our Skills Manager, Shirley Johnson. The young people are receiving training and on-the-job experience, recording their developing skills in the passport along their journey.

We have generated positive feedback on the passport, with a number of other schools showing interest in the programme.

The Youth Employability Passport not only equips young people with the necessary skills employers are seeking, but it places them in industries they are passionate about.

Papatoetoe student Sirila Alao has aspirations to be a chef in the Navy, and has been placed at SKYCITY Hotel’s 24/7 staff restaurant and room service kitchen to get a taste of what it’s like to get behind the chopping board.

Before showing up to work in the kitchen, Sirila was taught the skills his employer would be looking for, such as attitude and punctuality, so he was able to make a good impression from the get-go.

Now, with the help of the passport programme, Sirila knows his dream to work in a kitchen is an achievable outcome and looks forward to stamping SKYCITY on his CV.

SKYCITY Apprentice Trainer and Coordinator, Martin Harrap, said the passport provides just as many opportunities for young people as it does for employers. He is currently supporting two other young people from the programme, and says the possibility of permanent roles for the young people is definitely on the table.

Thank you to our partners Auckland Council, Auckland Tourism, Events and Economic Development (ATEED), Careers New Zealand, CDANZ, Employers and Manufacturers Association, Employers Association Trust, Pathways to Employment Trust, Tindall Foundation, Work and Income, Workchoice Trust.

A special thank you also to the Lottery Grants Board, Work and Income, Auckland Council and Pathways to Employment Trust, who have made it possible for us to trial the passport, including bringing on a programme and logistics coordinator to organise work placements for the young people taking part in the programme, handle logistics and liaise with young people, schools and employers.

NEXT STEPS: At this stage, the trial involves monthly reviews to improve the workability of the passport. We hope to conduct an expanded trial in 2016 to further refine the programme. Already a number of schools and youth organisations have indicated their interest in being involved. Eventually, we aim for the passport to be widely used by Auckland schools, tertiary institutions and youth training organisations, and we are working with relevant government departments towards that goal.

If you’re interested in learning more about the Youth Employability Passport programme, or about our other work in the youth employability sector, click here.

YOUTH EMPLOYABILITY UPDATE: GETTING READY TO TRIAL THE PASSPORT

passoportWe are delighted with the progress made on the Youth Employability Passport over the last few months. Workchoice have completed the final elements of the passport including: the competency framework, user guides, skills assessment matrix and the passport itself; “The Licence to Work”.

For the next stage in this process, the passport has been placed in the care of Careers New Zealand which is developing a professional development programme for teachers and youth workers so they understand how to use this passport.

We expect the trial for the Youth Employability Passport to begin in mid-April in several Auckland schools and a youth organisation.  This trial process will involve monthly reviews to improve the workability of the passport before it is rolled out throughout Auckland, and ultimately the rest of New Zealand. Other schools from around the country are already showing interest and wanting to be involved with this programme.

Supporting young people into work and further educational training is a core focus of our strategic plan. For more information on the project, please contact Shirley Johnson, COMET Auckland Skills Manager at shirley.johnson@cometauckland.org.nz

For the full March 2015 newsletter, please click here.