Empowering Our Youth research launched

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We had a great turn out at our Empowering Our Youth launch event on Thursday 2 August when we shared the findings of our recent research into careers advisory processes and practices in a selection of schools in South Auckland.

Our research, undertaken by Dr Lynette Reid, highlighted the challenges and opportunities, as well as the significant success stories, our schools are having. You will find the commentary and the report here

Key findings included the need for school leadership to lean into careers planning as a critical part of a school's role. As one panelist put it,

education is not about getting your students through to the end of exams and wishing them well; it's about ensuring they are set up for post-school success, on the career path that suits them best.

The report also found:

- School leadership needs to embrace a 'whole of school' approach to careers planning for their learners, and for those in careers advisory roles to be seen as essential partners in the development of students through their three-five years of secondary school.

- Schools connecting with business and industry early to build relationships and ensure that career pathway conversations are aligned and that opportunities to learn and to shadow are created. Business and industry have a key role to play in assisting our rangatahi flourish.

- Engaging with family and whānau in co-design career pathway conversations with their offspring and educating them that a university degree or a trade qualification is not the only option, is not just important. In a world that is rapidly changing, and one in which micro-credentials and on the job 'learn as you earn' experiential learning becomes the norm, family and whānau conversation is both critical and crucial.

We need to be preparing our senior students for *their* futures, ensuring that the skills and qualifications they obtain are fit for purpose to meet their immediate needs, while they retain a love for lifelong learning, and continue to grow.

There are many conversations that will flow from the research, and we look forward to the cross-sector dialogue that results.

Jane Treadwell-Hoye
03 August 2023
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