Working up to new heights
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’’.