Otahuhu College has been fortunate to have more part-time work offers for students this year, with successful outcomes. As well, employers are also offering more full-time job opportunities for school leavers.
Preparation for a CV for work or a scholarship application, has been provided mainly by STRIVE Youth Services, with some assistance earlier in the year by Solomon Group. In addition STRIVE initiated Skills WorkChoice coming in on selected Fridays after school, to deliver their ‘Skills To Make It’ programme based on the seven skills employers want: Positive Attitude, Team Work, Communication, Willingness To Learn, Self-Management, Resilience and Thinking Skills. The last 2019 workshop will be held Friday 4 November.
On 30 July, a Dean’s nominated group of students were invited for the first time, to the Totara Hospice Youth Ambassadors Day. The following students participated: Shamis Abaid, Nerissa Felise, Ofa Kauvaka, Lomalani Seiuli, Sonia Shah, William Taringa.
Skills Workchoice also held an Industry Day on Thursday 22 August. Ten students participated in as many interactive opportunities as time permitted. Zelsha Khan and Eufalesia Oetel (pictured right) won a prize for their efforts.
Also a Women In Trades event was held that evening at a separate venue, and Zetrina Siana-Weil, participated in this.
On Saturday 31 August the University of Auckland held the annual Courses and Careers Day and 14 students from those nominated by the Year 10 Dean, took the opportunity to catch the free bus along with the senior students for their Orientation session.
On Saturday 7 September, five students accompanied the University Navigator, Say Srisawat, and Ms Christine Cusack, to the UNITEC Open Day. All enjoyed the very informative sessions and being hosted by a former student, John Taufa, now a Schools Liaison person there.
Full attendance this year at the Year 11 KATTI career development and leadership programme, for students with Maori heritage held at the University of Auckland Marae. Participants were: Abus Alfridi, Trinity Esau, Fresia Falani, Logan Mahara, Tawhirimatea Mua-Crosby, Mauritius Ranguia, Taihana Tuirirangi Tekoau and Leah White-Taumaunu. A photo of one of the workshops is shown.
Only two students made it to the Year 11 Pacific Island Leaders of Tomorrow (PILOT) this year (Metalaina Tuialii and Mose Tuialii) due to the popularity of the programme, (and students at other schools getting their permission letters in ahead of us). A photo of one of the workshops in a ‘Speed Meet the Interviewer’ exercise is shown.