Work­ing up to new heights

Wairarapa News - - FRONT PAGE - ILLYA MCLEL­LAN

The changeover from school to the work­place can be a shock and it takes some peo­ple a while to ad­just.

One train­ing pro­gramme de­vel­oped to help pre­pare col­lege stu­dents for en­try to the work­force by giv­ing them skills through work in­cludes team build­ing ex­er­cises.

In an ef­fort to get stu­dents more ac­cus­tomed to life after they leave school a pro­gramme at Master­ton’s Mak­oura Col­lege, in as­so­ci­a­tion with Master­ton’s Youth in Ed­u­ca­tion, Train­ing and Em­ploy­ment, has the stu­dents out work­ing to­gether in the com­mu­nity.

In or­der to show work has re­wards they also par­tic­i­pate in ac­tiv­i­ties that pro­mote co­op­er­a­tion and mind­ful­ness.

On Septem­ber 27 the stu­dents re­painted the build­ings at Wairarapa Out­door Pur­suits Cen­tre in the morn­ing and then did a cer­ti­fied high ropes course in the after­noon.

Mak­oura Col­lege dean of stu­dents Lau­rel Booth said the stu­dents had un­der­gone an amazing trans­for­ma­tion over the year they had par­tic­i­pated in the course with a year left on the pro­gramme.

‘‘Some of them could not work to­gether at all at the be­gin­ning.

‘‘But over the time on the course they have had a huge change of at­ti­tude and gained the abil­ity to work as a team which is a great boost for their fu­ture prospects.

‘‘There have been im­mense changes in all of them.’’

Mak­oura Col­lege stu­dent Zane Gar­rett said the pro­gramme had given him more con­fi­dence to en­ter the work­force.

‘‘It’s a good course, we’ve done a lot of dif­fer­ent work and learned new things.’’

Out­door Pur­suits in­struc­tor Tim Wood­cock said high ropes were a good way to teach peo­ple the im­por­tance of lis­ten­ing to in­struc­tions but also for in­still­ing self-con­fi­dence as well as trust in oth­ers.

Mak­oura stu­dent Ji­naya Blun­dell-Har­mon said she wasn’t so keen on the paint­ing in the morn­ing but that the high ropes course was ‘‘scary as, but cool, es­pe­cially the fly­ing fox’’.

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