ISK’s Student Pathways programme is focused on creating pathways for our local rangatahi to enter Kawerau’s industrial workforce.
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 now high youth unemployment and a surprisingly low level of understanding of the range of careers and opportunities available.
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 Tarawera High School, the Tertiary Education Commission, Ministry of Education, NZQA and industry to connect education with industry. This will provide a programme of NCEA units to deliver an Industry Entrance Qualification and a student pipeline into employment.