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Licence to Write

May 2019

Kia ora koutou! 

2019 has seen the Youth Employability Programme: Licence to Work (YEP) continue to grow — with our newest region, Tauranga, achieving remarkable buy-in from local schools as the result of some clever work by key people. However, this is Tauranga’s story, and I shall let them tell it.  

Thank you to everyone for your contributions to our inaugural YEP newsletter. I am hoping that the newsletter will be an effective way of sharing news stories and good practice ideas.   

Some data for you: As of writing, nearly 300 people have attended my YEP facilitator training workshops. This year, the programme is being delivered in 11 areas/regions, most of which have a backbone agency or regional partner to support it. These organisations include Activate Tairāwhiti in Gisborne, YETE in Wairarapa, Taupō Pathways in Taupō, Te Waiariki Purea Trust in Rotorua, EmployNZ in Tauranga, Toi EDA in the Eastern Bay of Plenty, Marlborough REAP in Marlborough and COMET in Auckland.  

In addition, Lesley Leech from Your Talent Pipeline is working hard to roll out the YEP across Hawke’s Bay; currently only Taradale High School in Napier is participating. We are also working with organisations in Northland and Waikato to set up the programme in their regions. 

Lastly, we have several sites in the greater Wellington area that are bravely operating without a backbone agency to support them. I am looking at how we can best support them until a local backbone agency can be established.

We are now also finally running a version of YEP at Mt Eden Corrections Facility (MECF). The programme was so popular with the youth on remand that it is now being trialled with the sentenced youth. This is the feedback we received after the third session: “Again another successful session … boys were really engaged, and they are starting to open up more. This morning staff advised that they were excited to come to class because when they went to wake them up for class and breakfast, they were already up ready for their doors to open. They were happy to come into the room – when I asked one of the youth why he was smiling and what was so funny, his reply was ‘Nah, miss, there’s no joke. This is my happy place when I know this class is on.’” 

Resource updates: The “Training for Trainers” programme is on track to be rolled out in June. Invitations to register will be coming out in May. Watch out for them as it’s a great opportunity to build local capacity. There is no cost to do the programme except for an enrolment cost with Otago Polytechnic. The course sits at level 7, highlighting the level of knowledge and skills needed for the role. The medium term plan will be a micro-credential for facilitators in 2020 and students/young people in 2021. Watch the space for these developments. 

The programme materials developed for the MECF are also available for general use. These materials are pitched for an older age group, disengaging from or out of school. Please contact me if you are interested in accessing these.  

The YEP student handbook and user guides will be updated from mid-year. The student handbook will have two sections added to the work ready section: Financial Capability and Workplace Documents. These will be ready for November training sessions. 

I am currently working with Smart Waikato to develop a stronger Te Ao Māori lens to the programme. New materials and resources will be available from this work later this year. We have had four kura running the programme in Auckland, with two planning on continuing this year. There remains an interest in running a hui for kura around the country to come together to share what they have learned. I will keep you posted on these developments. 

Thanks again for all of you who have participated in the inaugural newsletter. I encourage those of you who didn’t to have a go next time. 

Ngā mihi,