Tauranga Western Bay of Plenty
WHO and WHERE
It is supported and contributed to by The Tauranga City Council, Western Bay of Plenty District Council, Environment Bay of Plenty Regional Council, business organisations, key industry groups, and the education sector and iwi interests.
The INSTEP (Industry and Schools Training Enterprise Partnership) programme has been developed to meet the needs of young people and these regional organisations.
It sets out to establish clear pathways for structured interaction between students and entrepreneurial business people and to reinforce key competencies and attitudes necessary in both the school and the business environment and to provide students with opportunities to develop career pathways.
The INSTEP programme was delivered through three different learning levels:
Level One - Business based (February 2003 - October 2004) 321 students learn one to one within a business environment. Young people were able to develop their key competencies and enterprising skills, sense of personal responsibility and their understanding of the world of work. Students spend planned, supervised time in a business.
Level Two - Curriculum based (February 2004 - October 2004) A total of 70 classes and 14 assemblies were involved at this level. Business people worked with teachers and students in a curriculum area relevant to their business, to key New Zealand Trade and Enterprise sectors and sectors identified with skill shortages. Level two allows students to connect classroom learning with possible future careers. Through listening to business speakers and visiting their businesses, the students were exposed to innovative and entrepreneurial thinking. The speakers came from a wide range of sectors including Creative, Food & Beverages, Niche Marketing, Wood Building and Interiors, Biotechnology, Education, and Services.
Level Three - Project based (February 2004 - October 2004) 127 selected students worked in focused project groups. This level enables schools to work with INSTEP on specific projects that required desired outcomes e.g. increased motivation, responsibility for learning, project management and working as part of a team.
WHAT WE GAVE MONEY FOR
Students gained relevant, business based skills that link with their school based programmes and career options. They learned about employers expectations in the 'real world' and gained confidence and improved communication skills through learning in an adult environment. They made contacts that could lead to a future job or training prospects.
Employers are impressed with the programme which gives them access to a pool of highly motivated young people for future full time work or paid casual and part-time work.
Teachers and business people were asked to comment on the benefits of the INSTEP programme to them. Among the many positives were the opportunity to contribute to the future skills base of industry and the community, skill development of employees who supervise students in the workplace programme, and the opportunity to make education more relevant to industry needs.
PARTNERS and SUPPORTERS