Workshop helps youth transition
CPIT has hosted a workshop to help support successful transition of students from secondary school to tertiary education.
The two hour event, which CPIT ran in conjunction with the Ministry of Education, the Canterbury Development Corporation, for Principals, key secondary representatives and community agencies, was held at CPIT on November 11th.
CPIT Youth Transitions manager Emma Meijer said the workshop allowed CPIT to highlight the organisation’s offerings for youth, which include new programmes focused on Year 10 retention.
CPIT will offer a number of taster programmes in 2015 which will align to the Vocational Pathways and provide students with an opportunity to have a practical experience in a variety of careers and learning environments.
“These taster programmes will be designed to inspire students and support effective transition, engagement and attainment to stay engaged in education,” Meijer said. “They will also support their subject choices for the following year and provide a ‘where to from here’ session so that they can see a clear pathway to achieving the success they deserve in the future.”
The programmes will provide opportunities for students to understand what a career and training in a particular area would involve.
“Engaging with year ten students is critical to their engagement for their senior schooling and their successful transition to further tertiary training or employment,” Meijer said. “This will enable students to have more success in transitioning from secondary into a tertiary environment which in turn enables greater success in the tertiary learning environment.”
Meijer spoke at the workshop, as well as Trevor McIntyre, chief advisor of Youth Guarantee at the Ministry of Education, and David Shearer from the Canterbury Development Corporation.
“There’s a range of programmes out there to suit the needs of all these young people and to make sure they are inspired to succeed in a range of opportunities,” McIntyre said.
Cathedral Catholic College careers and cultural liaison coordinator Trish Siataga said the event had been “really beneficial”.
“To see Youth Transitions for us as schools and see everyone including the Ministry of Education and CDC linking in together nicely to make youth retention happen is great.”
The workshop was part of a larger programme called “The R in Art,” which is designed to help next year’s Year 10 students, achieve the governments Better Public Service Target of ensuring 85 per cent of 18 year olds achieve NCEA Level 2 or the equivalent by the end of 2017.