education to employment careers showcase and speed meet

13 oCTOBER | 10am-12PM

The Honorable Chris Hipkins, Health Minister and Minister of Education, will open our Education to Employment Careers Showcase, sponsored by Open Polytechnic.

This event is designed to enable meaningful and targeted discussions between employers and students to raise the profile of vocational education.

We’ve invited 15 employers to come together in one place to meet local senior students. Students will have the opportunity to ask employers questions on how they can enter industries including manufacturing, technology, construction, carpentry and more.

Information will also be provided to students on apprenticeship training including the Targeted Training and Apprenticeship Fund (TTAF). This is a newly created fund which has created free apprenticeships and vocational course opportunities for young people. Funding is available up until 31 December 2022. This is your chance if you are a student, to find out which courses are covered by this fund and learn how you can apply.

This is also an opportunity for employers to inform students of their specific industry, providing advice on the skills they need to gain and how they can get these skills in order to enter the workforce.

There will also be information for employers on the subsidies available through the Apprenticeship Boost Initiative to retain and take on new apprentices in their first two years of training. The scheme provides funding for employers to receive up to $12,000 per first year apprentice and $6,000 per second year apprentice.

This is a fantastic opportunity for school leavers to learn about local trade careers and for local employers to connect with young talent coming through.

Due to Covid and alert level restrictions, it’s unfortunate that some of our senior students have missed out this year on the opportunity to connect with employers and find out more about vocational education.

This year we have a large number of senior students more uncertain about their future than in previous years. This event is an opportunity for them to engage with our local employers, who have told us they would like to build positive relationships with our local schools and help ensure our young people are work ready.

Amanda Walters, Education to Employment Coordinator, Hutt Valley Chamber of Commerce