How teach­ers can help cut New Zealand skill short­ages

The Southland Times - - Classifieds -

You’ve prob­a­bly heard the statis­tics – New Zealand is short of skilled work­ers, with a whop­ping 50,000 con­struc­tion work­ers needed over the next five years alone. What you might not be aware of is that the per­cent­age of young peo­ple not in em­ploy­ment, ed­u­ca­tion or train­ing (NEET) in 2018 rose to 12.4%, up from 11.8% last year.

That means while New Zealand is strug­gling to find hor­ti­cul­ture work­ers, plumbers and builders we have 12.4% of young peo­ple at home with no work. And this is where teach­ers can help.

Teach­ers can en­cour­age stu­dents to con­sider ca­reers that New Zealand needs be­fore they turn into NEETs. Here’s how. En­cour­ag­ing stu­dents into ca­reers in de­mand

Mak­ing stu­dents aware of ca­reer op­tions and en­cour­ag­ing them to check out ca­reers in de­mand can help cut our skill short­ages. 1. Cre­ate aware­ness of jobs in de­mand

Stu­dents are of­ten not aware of the va­ri­ety of ca­reers avail­able. Have a look at Im­mi­gra­tion New Zealand’s skill short­age list and let them know about jobs that are in de­mand. 2. Chal­lenge fe­male stu­dents

Chal­lenge fe­male stu­dents to con­sider the trades as a ca­reer op­tion. Cur­rently only 2% of them choose to go into a trade when they leave school. 3. Ac­cess teach­ing re­sources from in­dus­try train­ing or­gan­i­sa­tions

In­dus­try train­ing or­gan­i­sa­tions usu­ally have use­ful class­room re­sources about ca­reers in par­tic­u­lar in­dus­tries. 4. Make con­nec­tions with lo­cal em­ploy­ers

Stu­dents be­come more in­ter­ested in an in­dus­try when they can meet an em­ployer. In­vite em­ploy­ers to school to speak about their in­dus­try and what they are look­ing for when they hire some­one. 5. En­cour­age stu­dents to get work ex­pe­ri­ence

Stu­dents who take part in work ex­pe­ri­ence pro­grammes learn the types of skills needed by em­ploy­ers and may dis­cover ca­reers they’ve never heard of. Work ex­pe­ri­ence

pro­grammes such as Shad­owTech and Work In­spi­ra­tion can in­spire stu­dents to make bet­ter ca­reer choices when they leave school. 6. Try the Ed­u­ca­tion for En­ter­prise ap­proach

Ed­u­ca­tion for En­ter­prise (E4E) in­volves stu­dents work­ing within the lo­cal com­mu­nity on a cur­ricu­lum-based pro­ject. This helps them to make con­nec­tions with em­ploy­ers and de­velop em­ploy­a­bil­ity skills such as think­ing and prob­lem solv­ing.

Find out more

The ca­reers.govt.nz web­site has in­for­ma­tion on jobs in de­mand as well as les­son plans, re­sources, and in­ter­ac­tive tools so you can help your stu­dents make choices that will ben­e­fit them and New Zealand when they leave school. For more in­for­ma­tion visit: https://www.ca­reers.govt.nz/ar­ti­cles/howteach­ers-can-help-cut-nz-skill-short­ages/

Six steps teach­ers can take to help re­duce New Zealand’s skill short­ages.

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