NZMA and St Vin­cent de Paul team up

Hamilton Press - - CONVERSATIONS - KEL­LEY TANTAU

New Zealand Man­age­ment Academies (NZMA) has teamed up with St Vin­cent de Paul for a ‘‘win-win’’ ini­tia­tive for the Hamil­ton cam­pus and the com­mu­nity.

NZMA Waikato is a train­ing provider that runs hos­pi­tal­ity, re­tail, busi­ness and con­tact cen­tre train­ing.

Their re­la­tion­ship with St Vin­cent de Paul kicked off last year with hos­pi­tal­ity stu­dents vol­un­teer­ing to cook and serve lunch to the home­less once a month.

That ini­tia­tive was ex­tended and now NZMA stu­dents vol­un­teer their time and ex­per­tise to work in St Vin­cent De Paul shops through­out the Waikato.

The St Vin­cent de Paul stores in­clude one in Chartwell, one in Glen­view and two in Frank­ton. Stu­dent’s first shifts be­gan in Fe­bru­ary.

The scheme is the brain­child of se­nior tu­tor Krissy Wite­hira, who is pas­sion­ate about help­ing those in need in the com­mu­nity.

‘‘The big­gest thing is the stu­dents are phys­i­cally work­ing in a real life en­vi­ron­ment,’’ Wite­hira said.

‘‘Do­ing the­ory ev­ery day isn’t go­ing to help with em­ploy­ment.’’

Since the stu­dents have been work­ing at the St Vin­cent de Paul stores, NZMA has seen al­most dou­ble the num­ber of new stu­dents en­rol in re­tail train­ing.

Wite­hira said the old in­take of seven stu­dents has risen to twelve.

It is a 20-week pro­gramme,

‘‘ The stu­dents are phys­i­cally work­ing in a real life en­vi­ron­ment.’’

Maarata Cooper and Raw­inia Ed­wards-Paul work in the NZMA re­tail shop and St Vin­cent de Paul stores in Hamil­ton. PHOTO: KEL­LEY TANTAU

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