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Future Pathways and Careers

TGC Pathways & Careers —

It has been a busy few weeks to the start of this term with subject selection, university course planning, future pathways evening, Canvas Career Expo and a vocational pathway day out all taking place so far this term.

Thank you to all students and whānau who attended our Pathway Planning evening on 11 August, the external universities, colleges and industries were most impressed with the quality of the questions being asked and the volume of inquiries they received.

Subject Selection for 2023

There have been a lot of students visiting us here to assist them with their subject selection for 2023, along with advice for Future Pathways academy placements for next year. We have seen a large uptake of young wahine toa taking advantage of the numerous future academy vocational pathway options for next year. These pathways are in a variety of industries such as Manufacturing, Engineering and Logistics, Construction and Infrastructure, Primary Industries and Creative and Technology industry.

University Course Planning

To date The University of Auckland, Victoria, Canterbury and Waikato liaison staff have been in to support and advise our students on their timetable or course selections for next year. These have been well received by our students who have found them to be very informative and helpful for them for setting a foundation for their studies next year.

The University of Otago (07 September), Massey University (16 September) and Toi Ohomai - (date to be advised) will be visiting students over the next few weeks.

Most university specific scholarships have now closed, however Toi Ohomai has recently opened their scholarships and these close on Friday 07 October. If you are interested in applying for a scholarship with Toi Ohomai either see the Careers team here at school or go online and visit their website.

Toi Ohomai Level 1 Taster Courses Year 11

We have had 36 of our wāhine toa attending Toi Ohomai one day a week for their Taster courses this term. They have been looking at Game and Realtime IT Design, Hospitality and Tourism as well as Automotive Engineering. It has involved quality hands-on learning in a tertiary setting which has been inspiring for all those involved.

Future Pathways Event Funding 19 August

On Friday 19 August we along with Aquinas College took a group of students from Year 11 to an exploration day out. The day began with visiting Toi Ohomai where rangitahi were given the opportunity to visit four pathway areas, Engineering, Hair and Beauty, Construction and Hospitality. Tutors gave the students an in depth look at what was on offer to them in the Futures Academy programmes run at Level 2. They were treated to a lovely lunch and then we had a close up site visit of the new Takitimu Northern Link by HEB and Fulton Hogan, including a number of young women employed in a variety of roles from Engineers to a 22 year old Health and Safety manager and site foreman. They spoke to our rangitahi about the pathways via their cadetship/internship and university sponsored learning. It has been encouraging to see a number of these students enrol for the Future Academy in 2023 following their exposure to these programmes on the trip. 

Following the same theme was a lunchtime visit from HEB and Fulton Hogan to speak to a number of our senior students about the construction and infrastructure industry opportunities here at the kura. They spoke about the industry and how rangitahi could be involved in this expanding and exciting industry. Students were especially interested to know they could earn while they learn and obtain a fully paid for Engineering Degree via their cadetship programmes.

Elite School of Beauty - Taster Course

We have two students out this week attending a four day Hairdressing taster with Elite School of Beauty. They are completing industry based hands-on learning while also gaining 5 Level 3 credits while they are at course. On 14t and 15 September they are also running a two day Beauty taster course with 4 Level 3 credits. This has been well received by our rangitahi and they are very excited to partake in this taster.

Whakapiki Ake - Health Career experience with University of Auckland

On Thursday 25  August, five of Year 11 Maori students interested in following a career in Health Science attended a day at Tauranga Hospital where they interacted with a number of hospital staff plus hands-on opportunities with a range of medical equipment. This was run in conjunction with the Bay of Plenty District Health Board , The University of Auckland and Kia Ora Hauora supporting Maori into Health.