from The Jobs Letter No.98 / 27 April 1999
Researcher Vicki Wilde was asked by the LEC National Office to research and report on examples of "good practice" in the LEC groups to date. Her report on "Local Employment Co-ordination Spotlight on Good Practice"(1999) is available through your local LEC co-ordinator or WINZ.
Wellington Central LEC Refugee and Migrant Directory
A Refugee and Migrant Working Party was formed in December 1996, and the "Refugee and Migrant Training and Employment Directory for Wellington City" was seen as one way of starting to address the issues. The Directory included information about employment and training services and how to access them, and was designed for use by front-line staff. The process of completing the directory involved networking, information sharing and relationship building between staff of key agencies, many of whom did not know each other previously.
Dunedin / Otago LEC Seamless Service to Business
Christchurch / North Canterbury LEC "Communityworks" Initative
There were many successful employment groups already running in Christchurch. The "Communityworks" concept proposed co-ordination of 23 of these groups to collectively offer 500 community work and training places each year. This would provide a variety of projects across the fields of outdoor, sports and community from which participants could choose.
The former manager of NZES, George Clark, being a member of the LEC, saw the potential in the "Communityworks" concept and he secured funding for the Wai Ora Trust to run a revised, and scaled-down "Communityworks" pilot. The pilot also secured the support of four separate sponsors Work and Income New Zealand (WINZ) for co-ordination and training costs; Christchurch City Council for funding for community work placements in City Council units and parks; and one-off pilot grants from the Canterbury Development Corporation for overheads and counseling costs; and the Community Trust provided funding for tools and administration costs.
Whangarei / Dargaville LEC Beautification Project
Otangarei is a community with a population of over 50% Maori, high unemployment, domestic violence and few services or jobs. The project and the context in which it was developed illustrates an holistic approach involving strategic planning and relationship building, effective use of skills and resources and strategic use of the media. The workers involved in the project have gained either full or part time employment and further employment opportunities for others are being planned possibly as a business venture.
South Waikato / Tokoroa LEC Mangakino Youth and Community Project
The results achieved during the first 12 months include Community Taskforce projects undertaken in partnership between the Mangakino Community Agency and NZES; school holiday programmes; and a Sport/Activities Programme established in partnership with Sport Waikato developing and delivering a programme for unwaged adults.
Christchurch / North Canterbury LEC Parents As Careers Educators Seminars
Statistics indicate that mothers influence 90% of children's career choices. This belief that parents are very influential in their sons' and daughters' process of making career choices was also supported by "Project FAST", a contemporary New Zealand study that investigated the way senior secondary school students' thought about careers advice/guidance. Members of the group were also aware that parent/caregivers have different levels of knowledge, experience and access to information to help them in this process.
The Career Services PACE seminar programme was adopted as one pro-active strategy to help parents/caregivers to help their sons and daughters with career planning. The seminars were delivered in the evenings for parents/caregivers and their teenage children. The costs of the seminars were met through joint funding by the school, the Canterbury Development Corporation, NZES and Income Support.
South Waikato / Tokoroa LEC Youth Employment Skills Programme
Wairoa Development Taskforce and LEC Marae Development Initiative
The LEC has a mission statement about doing their best to assist the people of Wairoa, linking whanau, hapu and iwi and economic development. Members of the LEC and the wider WDT identified hapu and marae as a main focus for prospective job growth and economic development. The LEC and WDT have been working co-operatively with the hapu of three marae assisting them to create strategic plans for development leading toward employment.
The LEC brought all the government agencies together so that help was available from the right people. They also developed agreed written protocols for this work, including commitment to transparent, accountable, action/results oriented processes amongst the different agencies involved. On this basis, personnel from different agencies were involved at different stages of the marae development process, depending on what skills, expertise and resources were needed and what was being developed.
Wellington Maori LEC Mahi Maori Tuatahi
Mahi Maori Tuatahi was initiated in response to NZES client statistics showing that of the 2,000 registered unemployed Maori people in central Wellington, few were referred for career planning assistance. Also, staff from different government agencies who were part of the WMEC group, realised they were working with the same customers but were not themselves, working together to use their respective resources effectively. Mahi Maori Tuatahi involved WMEC group members working together on a planned and co-ordinated approach to offering career planning and follow-up.
Tararua LEC Dannevirke Joint Training Initiative
An LEC Training sub-group was established which included DHS, NZES, Income Support and the Manawatu Polytechnic. This group developed and implemented two joint work skills training courses (caregivers/eldercare and forestry) for mixed groups of participants drawn from DHS, NZES and the community. A further course (childcare) involved only DHS students.
Dunedin / Otago LEC Staff Network Agency Partnership TRAINING