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A new direction for young careers
Marlborough Midweek, Blenheim, NZ  by Paula Hulburt
15 Mar 2018
General News - Page 9 - 337 words - ID 926095243 - Photo: Yes - Type: News Item - Size: 214.00cm2

Business is booming and some of Marlborough's most well-known companies have signed-up to help teens find the right career path.

Ten businesspeople from a range of industries across the region have pledged their support to a new initiative geared towards helping young people find career pathways.

The mentors will take part in the six-month Career Navigator programme offered by the Graeme Dingle Foundation.

As the deadline for applications gets nearer, organisers are encouraging anyone interested to get in contact.

Mentors have recently completed a full day training workshop on how to best engage with young people and provide effective guidance.

The Career Navigator programme has been running across NZ since 2012, and uses group mentoring which will see two mentors matched with three to six students.

Programme coordinator, Lisa Preece says "It's all about opening young people's eyes to what is available locally.

"There's a real sense that much of the region's local talent leaves Marlborough without a good understanding of the career opportunities that are possible locally . we want to change that," she says.

Career Navigator is being offered to Year 12 and 13 students at both Marlborough Boys' College and at Marlborough Girls College.

Places are strictly limited to 20.

Marlborough Girls' College guidance advisor Cheryl West says the course give students a chance to discover what job opportunities are out there.

"I'm really impressed with the calibre of mentors that have come forward to be part of Career Navigator.

"We want our girls to have the most up-to-date information on the skill sets they'll need and the opportunities that exist in a range of career paths.

"If our students can get that information directly from local people who work in those industries, that's brilliant."

An information evening for parents and students will take place on March 21 at 5.30pm at the Blenheim Toyota showroom on Main St in Blenheim.

For application forms or further information email coordinator Lisa Preece at lisa.preece@dinglefoundation.org.nz

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Career Navigator coordinator Lisa Preece with mentor Jason Gluer. RICKY WILSON/STUFF

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