The Coromandel Independent Living Trust is working with the Coromandel Area School and the Coromandel Business Association to bring the the Graeme Dingle Foundation Career Navigator programme to our community. The Career Navigator programme is a ready-for-work programme designed to help secondary school students in need of direction. It involves student participation in a series of workshops:
- Self Awareness Career Choices
- Culture & Values in the Workplace
- Work Ethics and Attitude
- Communication & Positive Relationships
- Leadership at Work
- Problem Solving in the Workplace
- Work Stories & Wellbeing
- Health & Safety
- CV Preparation & Writing
- The Application Process
- The Interview Process
- Job Hunting
Career Navigator involves sharing real-world knowledge and offering mentoring and active learning opportunities to support teens in their decision making. CILT also intends to run the programme for people of all ages who are looking for employment. This will be a pilot “community based” programme which is being encouraged by the Graeme Dingle Foundation. A big part of the programme is the interaction with the community and business leaders. Members of the Coromandel Business Association have offered to assist with workshop facilitation and be involved with mentoring students.
The Career Navigator programme provides awesome benefits for participants:
- Connections to employers in the community
- Motivation to pursue education & employment
- Improvements in the ability to interact with adults/others to obtain support and resources
- Greater awareness of career options
- Helping them to become contributing members of society, both economically and socially.
The programme will also strengthen networks for local business and industry, and employers will have a greater input into the development of potential employees. Marlene Johnson, the CILT Kiwi Can Coordinator (another Graeme Dingle Foundation programme) together with staff from CILT, CAS & CBA are working together to get this initiative happening in our community.
At this stage it is anticipated each community based programme will be for 8-10 participants, who will attend 40 hours of classes spread over a 4 week timeframe.
Short, Sharp & Fun!
CILT is keen to hear from anyone who may be interested in becoming a mentor or sponsoring a Career Navigator course, and if you, or someone you know, might benefit from attending this programme, please register your interest at Tiki House.
The first community based programme commenced on Thursday 08 September 2016.
The next Career Navigator Course will commence in May 2017. This time we will be offering each workshop one afternoon per week, which will make the course available to school students as well as the wider community. If you are interested in attending some or all of our workshops please contact Marlene Johnson on 07 866 80358 or Mob: 0272232609
If you would like some more information check out www.dinglefoundation.org.nz/careernavigator