Early Childhood Care
Early childhood education and care should be a priority for government spending. which is
currently low by international standards. The provision of such services can also help get carers
into paid work.
All parents with children under three, particularly those on low incomes, should have access to
a broad range of support and assistance through such programmes as `Parents as First
Teachers' (PAFT) and Family Support Centres, with Maori pilots started immediately.
More training and resources need to be given to Kohanga Reo staff and greater recognition of
the needs of Pacific Island parents and their early childhood teachers.
Encourage the use of early childhood servicers by Pacific Island parents.
First priority for early childhood spending should be the provision of early childhood services
and subsidies for low income families
Low income caregivers should have access to 15 hrs subsidised childcare per week
The role of the school
All students should be screened systematically for learning difficulties and health problems
and these to be dealt with on an individual basis.
More training is needed for Maori language and Pacific Island teachers with more monitoring
of Maori language programmes.
All students should undertake life skills including parenting skills.
Schools should place greater emphasis on employment outcomes for students.
The most innovative learning and teaching methods should be identified and promoted.
School Certificate should be replaced by a Record of Achievement and National Certificate
when the Qualifications Framework is in place, and the form of assessment of Sixth form
Certificate assessment should change.
The provision of out-of-school services should be encouraged.
Transition from School to work
The adequacy, staff and funding of vocational guidance should be assessed early in 1995
and services increased by the end of the year.
More Maori careers advisers are needed and also research on Maori student needs.
Young people who have left school should have access to personal support on options available
Greater links are needed between schools, agencies and community groups which provide
job search assistance.
Raise the school leaving age to 17 by 1996/1997
All young people should be in some form of education or training by 1997/1998 and by
1997/1998 having all young people under 20 should be in education, training or work.
Making Unemployed young People a Priority
Every young person leaving school in 1994 should be in education, training or work with
individual assistance and access to the full range of government employment and training
options after 13 weeks.
The waiting period for government programmes should be reduced to 8 weeks for those
leaving after 1994.
School leavers found on registering with NZES to have significant literacy or numeracy
difficulties to also be given immediate access to personalised assistance.
The range of training places and programmes should be extended (eg Job Action,
pre-employment and on-the-job training, Job Link, Jobs Plus for training).
Young people could be staircased through a number of activities including job search
seminars, Job Plus subsidies and compulsory participation in training or community employment initiatives.
Employers should receive attractive subsidies to provide on the job training to young
unemployed people for up to six months.
The focus of TOPs courses should possibly shift toward adult remedial education.
The $50/week charge for Limited Service Volunteers should be dropped
The payment for Community Taskforce should be increased to $30/ three days.
Assistance to be given to meet the costs of taking up work.
Ways of using cultural and leisure pursuits such as sport, music, dance, kapa haka and drama
to assist young people to improve their employment prospects should be implemented.
Young people should have access to fully subsidised community work, once all other means
of assistance have been tried. This should be paid at an appropriate wage rather than on a benefit
Reinforcing the message through Income Support
Remove delays in accessing Family Support to beneficiaries taking up paid work
The should be a more generous level of support for families with 16-18 year old children
Income Support payments should be dependent on the children attending school or training
Make the age of eligibility of Unemployment, Sickness and training benefits 18 years
The financial motive to leave school to go on a TOPs course should be removed
The dole should start with a job search allowance followed by the benefit and individual
assistance and requirements to participate in approved activities
Keep the Independent Youth Benefit in place by make access to it dependent on participating
in agreed activities.
Individualised management of young unemployed people could be contracted out to
Government should identify a programme of expenditure allocation and budget provision in
order to have these proposals in place and universally accessible within 2-3 years.
The Employment Taskforce is
John Anderson -- Chief exec National Bank
Vicki Buck -- Mayor of Christchurch
Shona Butterfield -- Principal Open Polytech
Ken Douglas --President CTU
Bob Field -- Chief Exec Toyota
June Jackson -- Manukau Urban Maori Authority
John Marsh -- NZ Maori Arts & Crafts Institute
Steve Marshall -- NZ Employers Federation
Paul Carpinter -- PM's Department
Chloe Munro -- Treasury
Paula Rebstock -- Department of Labour
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