Help­ing with lit­er­acy

CHB Mail - - News - BY AROHA TREACHER T¯ıhei Kahun­gungu

Learn­ing In­no­va­tions works to raise nu­mer­acy and lit­er­acy rates in Hawke’s Bay, and it now has a new pro­gramme called Aro­tahi.

“We are here to help peo­ple who are try­ing to get into work who are go­ing into fur­ther train­ing and we sup­port them how­ever we can,” says Steve Tipu.

Mr Tipu has been ap­pointed as the new Aro­tahi ed­u­ca­tion and em­ploy­ment co-or­di­na­tor for Learn­ing In­no­va­tions.

Clients get sup­port to put to­gether or update their CVs as they plan their fu­ture.

“A big per­cent­age of them want to work and of­ten they haven’t been able to get work ei­ther through be­ing on the ben­e­fit or some­times they’re not in­ter­ested in the types of jobs they’ve been of­fered.”

His role means work­ing with in­di­vid­u­als to help them on to the pathway to em­ploy­ment that they are pas­sion­ate about.

He says they work with all peo­ple, in­clud­ing refugee mi­grants but the ma­jor­ity of their clients are Ma¯ ori and Pa­cific Is­lan­ders.

Mr Tipu is based in Napier, but Learn­ing In­no­va­tions has cen­tres in Napier, Waipuku­rau, Hast­ings and Flaxmere. Mr Tipu con­sid­ers his role is a ca­reers ad­viser while also help­ing with clients’ ed­u­ca­tion back­ground or even help­ing those who want a com­pletely dif­fer­ent ca­reer path.

“My role is very much giv­ing them ad­vice on ei­ther what they want to look at in the ter­tiary sec­tor or trades or what­ever av­enue it may be.”

Learn­ing In­no­va­tions has been help­ing the com­mu­nity im­prove their nu­mer­acy and lit­er­acy for the past 18 years.

Man­ag­ing di­rec­tor Ali­eta Ue­lese says they usu­ally see around 400 stu­dents a year and some of them say it has been a good jour­ney.

“Aro­tahi can take it to the next step. We pre­pare them with what they need and then help them to get to their end goal,” says Ue­lese.

Learn­ing In­no­va­tions sees peo­ple come in at all dif­fer­ent lev­els.

“We get a lot of young par­ents who didn’t fin­ish school them­selves and they want to be able to read to their kids.

“We’ve had 70 year olds who want to be able to read to their grand­chil­dren but don’t know how and that’s why we started our foun­da­tion, be­cause it’s about build­ing the foun­da­tion.”

Learn­ing In­no­va­tions has cen­tres in Napier, Waipuku­rau, Hast­ings and Flaxmere and can be found on Face­book un­der Learn­ing In­no­va­tions Ltd.

Steve Tipu has been ap­pointed as the new Aro­tahi ed­u­ca­tion and em­ploy­ment co-or­di­na­tor for Learn­ing In­no­va­tions.

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