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Career Navigator - transforming lives of Waikato youth
Waikato Business News, Waikato  01 Nov 2017
General News - page 52 - 494 words - ID 870681326 - Photo: Yes - Type: News Item - Size: 130.00cm2

A programme to help slu dentsdevelop a pathway lo employment has seen one student receive a national award for excellence.

Kaha Head from Fraser High School was recently presented wiLh the Graeme Dingle Foundation Outstanding Achievement Award by Fletcher Building lo acknowledge outstanding progress made by a graduate of the Career Navigator programme at Government House in Auckland.

At the beginning of the year Kaha was very shy and was not sure what he wanted to do in year 13. He says "being in the Career Navigator programme gave mean opportunity lo think about what 1 want lo do with my life. The support of my Career Navigator mentor. Amber Cardale, and workshops through the year helped me decide on a career in engineering."

Career Navigator is a ready-for-work programme lhat supports leens in their decision-making around future employmenl by providing real world experience through career mentoring, workplace visits, soft skills and networking opportunities. Career Navigator runs al Fraser High School and Fairlidd College in Waikato with planned future delivery at Ngaruawahia High School.

"The difference between Career Navigator and other programmes is the career mentoring." says Stu Davidson, general manager of the Graeme Dingle Foundation Waikato. "Having career mentors from various industries to support each student during the year is really powerful, the benelils and opporlunilics ihey gain from this relationship arc huge."

Career mentors and their workplaces also see value in the relationship as mentors get to hone their coaching skills, to icam about different businesses Laid lo understand more about realities for young people and their concerns about entering the workplace. "The biggest value our career mentors tell us they receive is the joy in making a difference in a young person's life, says Michelle Daly, Career Navigator coordinalor.

"It provides a safe framework, for people to volunteer and we know thai many people want to give back.'1 Amber Cardale. from Wintec. Kaha's mentor says "il was great to see Kaha develop over the year. Career Navigator helped him think aboul whai he wanted lo do when he left school and then lo understand what he needed to do to get there. He now has a full-time job organised for 2018 - he should be really proud of whal he has achieved."

As well as the obvious benelils lhe soil skill workshops and career mentoring provide to students, schools value the additional opportunities Career Navigator provides. Guest speakers and Career Mentors from Z Energy. NZ Police.

Fonterra, Waikalo DHB. Westpac. Winlec. Datatom. Perry Construction. Genesis Energy, Sonasafe, Sentinel Homes.

Hareourts and NZMF. have supported lhe programme as guest speakers al Career Paihway days and team building events io open the eyes of their students to potential employment opportunities.

Career mentors. guest speakers and workplace visits are all being sought for 2018.

If you would like to find out more about how you or your organisation can support Career Navigator please contact Michelle Daly on S3U 705K or miebellc<ftd ingle waikato.n^

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