Con­fi­dent about learn­ing

Auckland City Harbour News - - NEWS -

Sam Lakatani re­mem­bers the day he was ex­pelled from high school for cut­ting classes.

“There were four fel­las in front of me and then it was, ‘Mr Lakatani, we’d like you to leave’. I never for­got that,’’ he says.

Mr Lakatani went home and got a long lec­ture from his big brother.

Two weeks later he got a job re­con­di­tion­ing shock ab­sorbers.

It’s only now that he’s com­pleted adult train­ing through a work­place com­mu­ni­ca­tion course that the Free­mans Bay res­i­dent feels he’s had a sec­ond chance at ed­u­ca­tion.

This week is Adult Learn­ers Week and Mr Lakatani is among those rais­ing the pro­file of adult learn­ing.

The week is an op­por­tu­nity to cel­e­brate the suc­cesses and achieve­ments of ev­ery­one tak­ing part in Adult and Community Ed­u­ca­tion (ACE).

It has also be­come a ve­hi­cle for en­cour­ag­ing oth­ers to con­sider adult ed­u­ca­tion, whether it is learn­ing to ad­just to life in a new coun­try, re­train­ing to find em­ploy­ment, ad­just­ing to life af­ter prison, ac­quir­ing par­ent­ing skills or just get­ting out and do­ing an ac­tiv­ity to make life bet­ter and meet peo­ple.

Mr Lakatani says the work­place course at his pre­vi­ous job, City Care, un­locked a con­fi­dence in him that makes all the dif­fer­ence.

“It’s ac­tu­ally helped me to be­come a more ap­proach­able per­son. My tu­tor also made me think for my­self – I didn’t do that at school.”

The course, de­liv­ered by work­place train­ers Sadler & As­so­ci­ates, is taught on­site at var­i­ous work­places around New Zealand. It is a part­ner­ship be­tween em­ploy­ers, gov­ern­ment and train­ers which aims to help peo­ple reach their full po­ten­tial with the over­all goal of im­prov­ing work­place pro- duc­tiv­ity and ef­fi­ciency.

Mr Lakatani’s tu­tor Hazel Balder­ston says the change in his con­fi­dence has been sig­nif­i­cant.

She says the train­ing also helped him to draw the links be­tween the value of his life ex­pe­ri­ence and what this had taught him.

Mr Lakatani is now set­ting goals for the fu­ture.

“I’m ready to pick up my game – I’d like to teach and coach in fu­ture,” he says.

Adult learn­ing: Sam Lakatani and tu­tor Hazel Balder­ston. Mr Lakatani is help­ing pro­mote Adult Learn­ers Week.

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