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In this Issue
Diversity campaign launched goes live

Modes of Learning - we welcome your feedback

Youth in health & wellbeing events underway
Welcome to Careerforce's May update
Kia ora

Welcome to the May edition of Skills for Good.

In this edition of Skills for Good we highlight the Workforce Diversity Campaign.  This campaign promotes the abundant and rewarding care and support career opportunities available across our sectors.

We are grateful to the people and workplaces that contributed their time, energy and incredible stories to this campaign. 

Ngā mihi nui

Andrew Saunders
General Manager, Employer Services
Building diversity into our care & support workforce - campaign launched 17 May
In 2020, and in response to COVID-19, the Tertiary Education Commission (TEC) launched a $16m COVID Response Fund, available to ITOs and WDCs to submit proposals for activities that will support employers in their recovery from COVID-19.
A key lesson for our sectors from COVID-19 was that the sheer lack of diversity across our care and support workforce had posed significant resilience risk, with a number of employers having to stand down large numbers of their workforce due to COVID-19 vulnerability risks.

Careerforce was successful with its proposal to develop a campaign aimed at promoting career pathways in care and support, and attract greater workforce diversity, and received $595k in campaign funding. Based on a hui with care and support workers, it became evident that it was the intrinsic rewards that attracted them to their roles, and kept them inspired – they really feel they are making a difference in people’s lives. This led to the campaign tagline, “The life you change might be your own”, with storytelling at the core of the campaign, both from those receiving care and support, and the support workers themselves. The initial campaign will run from May-September.

Here are some of the heartwarming videos that were created as part of the campaign.
Chris and Alex
After leaving a high-pressure sales job, Alex discovered a new life as a mental health and addiction support worker. He’s now supporting Chris to lead an independent life.

>>watch the video

William and Brett
Support worker Brett works closely with Will, who suffered a debilitating stroke in 2016. With Brett’s help, Will can keep in touch with his community and his passions.

>>watch the video

Dom and Adrian
Adrian and Dom are taking big steps toward self-reliance by flatting together. Support workers Luke and Markus are helping them live as independently as possible.

>>watch the video goes live
We're pleased to announce that the Life Changing Careers website also went live on 17 May.  The site has been designed for people considering a career in care and support work. It’s a portal with helpful information about careers and training with links to rewarding and fulfilling jobs in the various sectors of health and wellbeing. It also contains the heart-warming and compelling stories that have been shared throughout the Life Changing Careers campaign.  More of these videos and stories will be added over the next few weeks.  You can check out the website here.  Please feel free to share among your networks and social media pages.
Survey - Modes of learning for
work-based health and wellbeing programmes

Careerforce is seeking feedback on a draft report exploring preferred modes of learning for Health and Wellbeing programmes undertaken primarily via work-based learning. We invite stakeholders to complete a brief survey to offer views on the report and its recommendations.

This survey is part of the consultation process to capture the thoughts, comments, and feedback from stakeholders about the findings and core recommendations presented in the draft report. The survey should only take you about ten minutes to complete.

This feedback will be collated and integrated within the final findings and recommendations to be presented in June.

The plan is that these recommendations will help identify and redefine how work-based training programmes are adapted and structured to align with the choices and needs that employees are experiencing; and that they provide dynamic choice and flexibility for trainees, apprentices, and employers to refine the content and adapt the delivery to suit the situation and environment.

The report makes the following draft recommendations:

Environment Recommendations
  • Identify and analyse what is changing specifically for healthcare support workers in target sectors.

Training Methodologies and Material Recommendations

  • Agree which skills are new, need updating or are now irrelevant for the roles that relate to each targeted qualification.
  • Develop an integrated blended learning model for employers and employees that suits different learning styles and organisational type.
  • Develop cross-organisation trainee networks to improve quality, consistency, and equality of training.
  • Foster a culture of collaborative and continuous learning.
  • Introduce social influence through self-directed groups.
  • Use, invest and develop e-Learning platforms further.
  • Make all training materials accessible 24/7.
  • Drive and develop stackable micro-credentials for high change, high demand areas.

Employer Recommendations
  • Be the expert and anticipate.
  • Create a supportive learning culture.
  • Develop supportive learning cultures.
  • Make learning experiential for employees.

View the Draft report,  and Complete the survey or visit our website for more information.

Consultation closes 9 June 2021.
You can win a morning tea worth $100 for your team! Congratulations to Kate Hartland, from Hōhepa Hawke's Bay who won a morning tea from the last issue.

Simply complete three questions correctly to be in the draw to win a morning tea for your team. The quiz closes on 15 June 2021. To enter, follow the link below:
High school leaver straight into dream job at Nelson Hospital
Motueka High School leaver, Brigid Creagh is beginning her dream career in healthcare. She says doing a Gateway programme while in school gave her a distinct advantage.
“I did my research and then talked to one of my teachers about doing Gateway and they recommended doing it through Careerforce. I knew that if I wanted to be a healthcare assistant for a year, it would benefit me to work towards the health and wellbeing level 3 qualification.” She started a programme leading to the New Zealand Certificate in Health and Wellbeing (Health Assistance) Level 3 with the support of Careerforce.

You can say that healthcare runs in Brigid’s blood. Her dad is a paramedic with St John’s in Motueka and her mum is a nursing manager. She says, “I have always had the passion and it’s a dream career to then follow into nursing.”

But her strategy was not to go in blind. She wanted to work as a healthcare assistant (HCA) first before pursuing her nursing degree, and she is currently working at Nelson Hospital’s surgical ward.

If you want to be a Gateway employer and support high school students into their dream careers, email to find out more about Gateway.
Youth in health and wellbeing careers events a great success
We have completed most of the events and have introduced career pathways into the health and wellbeing sectors to hundreds of students. Thank you to the many employers and organisations who have supported us; and the Gateway and Careers Advisors from various schools that organised their students’ participation.  
New programme to broaden young people's horizons
We’d like to share with you this new programme created by the Tertiary Education Commission (TEC) to broaden young people’s horizons, help challenge stereotypes and address unconscious biases that can limit their potential.
In 2019, a research was commissioned amongst primary and intermediate school students that showed that more than half of the students aspire to 1 of only 9 most popular jobs. The top nine jobs included sportsperson (18%) – followed by vet, police officer, lecturer/ teacher, social media influencer, artist, doctor, army/navy/airforce/firefighter, and farmer.

If you’re passionate about the work you do in health, social and community sectors, want to connect with your community, and want to help young people see more pathways that are available to them, tell your friends and colleagues about 'Inspiring the Future'.

They are looking for volunteer Role Models who are willing to share their time and voice to talk about why they are passionate about their mahi. You and your staff could be sharing the good work that you do to the future workforce.

Visit their website to find out more: Role models | Inspiring the Future New Zealand
Simplifying qualifications and other credentials
As part of the Reform of Vocational Education (RoVE), NZQA is seeking feedback on proposals to simplify qualifications and credentials in order to better meet the needs of learners and employers.

The proposals seek to ensure that vocational qualifications support seamless learner transition between providers and between work-based and provider-based learning. They aim to deliver greater consistency for employers, while retaining flexibility for the changing needs of industry.

The NZQA RoVE team is hosting online information sessions about the proposals.  You can book a session time via the 'read more' button below.

View the proposal document and complete the feedback survey.

The Consultation closes at 6pm on Wednesday 16 June.
Certificate in Health and Wellbeing (Vision Hearing Screening) (Level 3)
Following the reduction in credits of US 9694 - Demonstrate and apply knowledge of communication process theory from 5 to 4 credits on 1 January 2021, Careerforce applied to NZQA for an adjustment to the programme so that the compulsory credit value continued to be maintained at 60 credits.

US 9694 has now been replaced with
US 28557 – Communicate to support a person’s health and wellbeing in a health or wellbeing setting (level 3, 5 credits)

Version 1 of the programme has now been replaced with version 2 of the programme.
  • All trainees that have not yet started US 9694 will be transferred to version 2 of the programme.
  • Careerforce has arranged for existing learners that have completed US 9694 (either version 7 or version 8, or an earlier version), but have not yet completed the full programme, to be exempted from completing US 28557 in version 2 of the programme.

The Careerforce Library is being updated to reflect this change.

If you are aware of a trainee that has partially completed US 9694, it will still be open for assessment and reporting until 18 June 2021.  The documentation relating to US 9694 will be available on the Library until 25 June 2021. Assessors have been advised of this update.

For any queries on this update, please contact Elizabeth Steer, Product Manager, VHS programme
Jobs for Good – list your vacancies now
The Workforce Diversity Campaign is driving people looking for care and support work to our Jobs for Good site  We encourage you to ensure you have your vacancies listed on Jobs for Good, and leverage the eyeballs that the campaign is creating.

Remember, Jobs for Good is free, it’s easy to list vacancies, and it’s super-targeted.

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  • Gateway and Vocational Pathways >>More
  • How to contact your local Careerforce Workplace Advisor >>More
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