The Orchardist - - Metservice Update - Vakameasina Phase II can be viewed as an evo­lu­tion of the ex­ist­ing pro­gramme – it is not a rev­o­lu­tion. For those with ex­ist­ing con­tacts with the Fruition team, ex­pect to be con­tacted by your Re­gional Co-or­di­na­tor. For those who have not been in­volved and

with the per­cent­age en­rolling in Vakameasina from these coun­tries.

Vakameasina de­liv­ery has oc­curred in the main re­gions where RSE work­ers are em­ployed, with some de­liv­ery oc­cur­ring in other re­gions where there is the de­mand and where the lo­gis­tics al­low. Fig­ure 4 pro­vides de­tail of the lo­ca­tion of the Vakameasina train­ing to date.

A key to the suc­cess of the de­liv­ery is that teach­ing has not been con­strained by a cur­ricu­lum. Teach­ing has fo­cused on what the trainees want to learn about. The English lan­guage, nu­mer­acy, dig­i­tal lit­er­acy, fi­nan­cial lit­er­acy, and life skills have been em­bed­ded into the learn­ing. The range of top­ics cov­ered has been vast.Work­ers have re­quested top­ics in­clud­ing bud­get­ing, com­puter skills, mu­sic, sewing, cook­ing, small busi­ness man­age­ment, lead­er­ship, so­lar en­ergy, chain­saw main­te­nance, sex­ual health and pos­i­tive par­ent­ing. Fol­low­ing Cy­clone Pam (2015) and Cy­clone Win­ston (2016) there was an in­crease in re­quests for lessons on build­ing more re­silient homes. This in­for­ma­tion is sought dur­ing en­rol­ment where trainees are asked to think about what would make their lives bet­ter while they are in New Zealand and also back home. Based on their an­swers, the tu­tor de­vel­ops a group learn­ing plan for the 20 hours of con­tact time with the RSE work­ers.

The feed­back from the par­tic­i­pants and their em­ploy­ers has been ex­tremely pos­i­tive. Em­ploy­ers com­ment that the RSE work­ers are more con­fi­dent to speak English in the work­place. One em­ployer spoke about how proud she felt when the RSE work­ers ad­dressed in an as­sertive man­ner an is­sue where they thought they had been un­der­paid. The work­ers were cor­rect and the em­ployer was able to re­solve the is­sue with no ill-feel­ing. Re­cruit­ment agents in the Pa­cific Is­lands have com­mented about the prob­lem-solv­ing skills learnt in a Vakameasina lead­er­ship pro­gramme and used by one group leader back home, who pre­vi­ously would have used his fist to deal with these is­sues. A re­searcher from Aus­tralia has wit­nessed a spouse of a RSE worker show­ing fam­ily mem­bers the Vakameasina web­site to teach com­put­ing skills back in a re­mote vil­lage in Van­u­atu.

Gov­ern­ment fund­ing has been se­cured for a fur­ther five years of de­liv­ery. It is tar­geted that a fur­ther 6,000 learn­ers will ac­cess Vakameasina dur­ing those five years. The ma­jor changes to the pro­gramme in­clude the in­cor­po­ra­tion of an elec­tronic learn­ing plat­form, learn­ing path­ways and de­vel­op­ment plans, help­ing trainees to gain for­mal qual­i­fi­ca­tions, fo­cused through sub­ject mo­du­lar based train­ing and var­i­ous train­ing pi­lots.

A fea­ture of the new con­tract is that there is an elec­tronic learn­ing

plat­form (ELP) that learn­ers en­rolled in Vakameasina, and oth­ers, can ac­cess to ex­tend their learn­ing when they are not in class. It is an­tic­i­pated that this ELP will re­late to ma­te­rial taught dur­ing the Vakameasina classes. Links to other web­sites of rel­e­vance will also be provided.

It is pro­posed that the ELP will al­low for work­ers to gain ac­cess to some of the learn­ing with­out the for­mal as­sis­tance of a Vakameasina tu­tor in re­gions where no pro­grammes can be run or back home in the Is­lands when the work­ers re­turn home.

The elec­tronic learn­ing plat­form will be able to record the progress of in­di­vid­ual stu­dents so that over time, the im­prove­ments in English and Maths can be tracked, as can the mod­ules that the stu­dent has com­pleted from the Vakameasina pro­gramme. in New Zealand. The Pri­mary In­dus­try Train­ing Or­gan­i­sa­tion (Pri­mary ITO) is cur­rently funded to fa­cil­i­tate RSE work­ers to gain the New Zealand Cer­tifi­cate in Pri­mary In­dus­try Skills (Level 2) through the in­dus­try train­ing fund upon re­quest from the ITO. Our tu­tors will work with those en­rolled in this cer­tifi­cate to as­sist them with the lit­er­acy and nu­mer­acy de­mands of the qual­i­fi­ca­tion.

The con­tent of the train­ing will be more for­malised so that as par­tic­i­pants progress through Vakameasina they can gain recog­ni­tion for com­plet­ing var­i­ous mod­ules. These mod­ules will be staged as fol­lows:

Foun­da­tion Course – cov­er­ing much of the ma­te­rial provided to first time par­tic­i­pants in Vakameasina with the po­ten­tial to add some elec­tive top­ics.

Elec­tive Cour­ses – a range of cour­ses go­ing into more de­tail on the elec­tive topic cho­sen by the group. As hap­pens cur­rently, spe­cial­ist tu­tors will be brought in to as­sist with the more tech­ni­cal/ prac­ti­cal as­pects of this de­liv­ery.

Pi­lot Pro­grammes – an ad­di­tion to the cur­rent pro­grammes it is in­tended that spe­cific cour­ses will be de­liv­ered ei­ther as the work­ers ar­rive in New Zealand or just prior to de­par­ture. These cour­ses will fo­cus on spe­cific skill ar­eas such as work­ing to­wards a New Zealand driver’s li­cense, and youth or fe­male lead­er­ship pro­grammes.

Train the Train­ers – there is a de­sire to ex­tend the reach of Vakameasina. With this in mind, it is aimed to share some teach­ing skills with the Vakameasina par­tic­i­pants so that they can share the knowl­edge and skills they gain from the classes. This may oc­cur in their ac­com­mo­da­tion fa­cil­i­ties or on their re­turn to their home coun­try.

It is pro­posed that Vakameasina will be de­liv­ered in Can­ter­bury.

Fruition Women Lead­er­ship class grad­u­a­tion with their em­ploy­ers

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