Support framework for employers:
Committees are being set up to inform and support employers in the areas of: Human resources; Health and Safety; and Training. These committees will develop initiatives that allow members to network, share experiences, organise workshops and forums, and inform members of change to Government policy settings.
Student pathways to industry:
Generations of workers in the community and wider region have been connected to Kawerau’s industrial complex since the establishment of the Pulp and Paper industry in the 1950’s yet there is high youth unemployment and a surprisingly low level of understanding of the range of careers and opportunities available.
The pathways need to be practical for the students, connected to actual industry operations, accessible for motivated students and provide early pre-employment training in subjects that would lead to fulltime work. ISK is working with the Tarawera High School, the Tertiary Education Commission, the Ministry of Education and industry to connect education with industry and provide a programme of NCEA credits to deliver an Industry Entrance Qualification and a student pipeline into employment.