WORKCHOICE NEWSLETTER 2006 - Workchoice Trust
Julie Anstiss Wellington & South Island Manager SOUTH ISLAND REPORTS CHRISTCHURCH For those students and companies that participated in the day the feedback was excellent. Unfortunately, student numbers in Christchurch are continuing to decline – some of this is related to the clash with the Careers Expo. For the first time this year we had the misfortune of turning companies down or in other cases, sending out reduced student numbers to companies. In addition, discussions have been going on between the Workchoice Trust and Coca Cola Careers Expo organisers to see if we can remedy the clash of events. Unfortunately, like us, they are unable to reschedule their date but we have made the suggestion that schools consider either sending Year 11 and 13 students to Careers Expo and Year 12 out on Workchoice Day or Year 11 and 12 to Careers Expo and Year 13 to Workchoice Day. We are very aware of the pressure on schools to organise both events in the same week. Employers are still very keen to host students so we are very open to discuss any ideas to rectify the present situation. PALMERSTON NORTH In the past, Palmerston North students have visited Fonterra. This year Midcentral Hospital, NZ Police and Palmerston North City Council also participated and 130 students were keen to take up the opportunity to explore these sites. The day went well with schools from throughout the Manawatu participating. We hope that in 2007 more companies and schools will register their interest to participate. Fonterra Clandeboye and Edendale continue to host students in their local areas and schools are always keen to send students out to explore the career options there. TRUST ACHIEVEMENTS Just prior to Workchoice Day 2006 the Trust was recognised as a finalist of the 2006 Vero Excellence in Business Support Awards. On top of this, Roger Lampen was named the overall winner of the 'Individual' category for his outstanding contribution to business support in New Zealand. We are proud of this recognition as it reinforces for us the ongoing value and relevance of the Workchoice Trust twelve years on. As Roger said upon receiving the award, "This award is a great reflection on the effort the Workchoice Trust undertakes in developing youth and I am thrilled to be recognised on its behalf. The Trust has achieved amazing results, since its establishment in 1994, with more and more New Zealand companies and schools recognising the benefits of taking part in Workchoice Day."
2007 WHERE TO AND HOW? Reflecting back on the past 12 years brings to mind just how the Workchoice Day programme has grown and how many people have been touched by the day. We at the Trust are always amazed by the enthusiasm of hosting companies and how after 12 years they can still come up with new and interesting programmes to “wow” our students. Workchoice Day is now well entrenched in the careers syllabus in schools and school coordinators have the support of subject teachers to accompany the students on visits which enables information and learning from the visit to continue in the classroom. Earlier this year we launched our new website to create an inviting and engaging presence for the Workchoice Trust brand and cater to the three audiences: schools, students and companies. The site was developed to enable us to accomplish the following: • To extend the duration of the relationship between the students and the Workchoice Trust • To provide a portal of career planning resources to students • To provide an online mentoring environment for students by companies registered for Workchoice Day and by previous students who participated in Workchoice Day • To enable participating companies to list part-time, holiday or weekend positions available for students • To recognise the support of companies and schools involved in Workchoice Day • To provide operational assistance in planning and registering involvement in Workchoice Day • To attract greater numbers of companies to host students Some of the above have been implemented and we will also be running competitions to encourage schools to develop their online school profiles and to register for the student forum. Information on this has been forwarded to school career advisors and we will action this further in the weeks to come. As can be seen in our statistics tables, the Trust was not able to meet student demand in several areas this year. However, for the first time ever we were able to place all students interested in health. This is a direct result of meeting with and talking to health providers and encouraging them to be involved in the day. It can also be directly attributed to the partnership the Trust formed with Geneva Health International in 2004. It highlights to us just how successful these partnerships can be. The Trust is presently working with the Ministry of Tourism, Hospitality Standards Institute and Restaurant Association of New Zealand to see how we can encourage their members to become involved. With skill shortages being at an all time high in Tourism and Hospitality there is no better time than the present and we would truly like to assist the 2100 students who are showing this sector as their first choice of career. We will also be approaching companies in the ICT, design and media/communications sectors. In 2006 we encouraged our national companies to host students in the regions and this has proven to be very successful. Our sponsorship packages for 2007 have been adjusted to make this more attractive. WORKCHOICE DAY STUDENT DEMAND VS ACTUAL HOSTING CAPABILITY, 2002-2006 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 Demand Actual Demand Actual Demand Actual Demand Actual Demand Actual Hospitality & Travel 30% 20% 35% 15% 30% 15% 40% 15% 35% 8% Design & Drama 40% 10% 15% 6% 10% 5% 12% 2% 10% 2% Health 2% 4% 10% 5% 10% 4% 10% 6% 10% 10% Commerce & Law 12% 8% 8% 4% 8% 6% 8% 14% 10% 6% Media/Advertising 6% 4% 10% 4% 8% 6% 6% 6% 8% 3% Trades 6% 4% 10% 5% 10% 6% 10% 15% 12% 10% Science/Tech/Engineering 1% 3% 2% 5% 6% 8% 10% 8% 12% 8% Manufacturing 1% 3% 1% 2% 2% 8% 2% 8% 1% 10% Other 2% 44% 9% 54% 16% 42% 2% 26% 2% 43%