Apprenticeship Newsletter: and a chance to win 1 of 3 prizes
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We hope you'll find this issue valuable as an apprentice:

  • Nail that assessment - Exceed
  • Win one of three prizes
  • ‘Speech to text’ functionality can save valuable time
  • Meet your fellow apprentice - Tongan care worker seizes opportunities to upskill and support her community

to the August issue of our bi-monthly newsletter for all Careerforce apprentices. where we share tips on assessments, relevant information on your apprenticeship training, and news stories to keep you motivated.

So, we find ourselves back in these difficult and unusual times, and health and wellbeing sector staff are likely to be under considerable pressure yet again. Our thoughts and best wishes are with you and your families. In last year’s April issue, we included some 'working from home' tips and wellbeing resources which you might find useful at this time.

In this issue, we share some tips on the Exceed – Investigating a topic module. We’ve included a story of how a fellow apprentice in Oamaru is really making a difference, especially in the pacific community.

Also, you may wish to check out Rising Phoenix, on Netflix.  It tells the extraordinary story of the Paralympic Games and the changes to the way the world thinks about disability, diversity & human potential.

Finally, don’t forget to take the quiz for the chance to win 1 of 3 $50 prezzy cards!

Careerforce offices closed during COVID Levels 3 and 4, but support continues
Although our offices will remain closed during level 3 and 4 lockdowns, we have the infrastructure in place to fully support remote working for all our staff. Your Apprenticeship Advisors all still remain available, albeit not for face to face meetings.
We appreciate that for many of you, lockdown can be very challenging, and across both work and personal circumstances.

However, for some of you, now may present you with the opportunity to make some additional progress on your apprenticeship. If there is anything we can do to support you, please discuss with your Apprenticeship Advisor.

Nail that assessment - Exceed

This is a regular section in the newsletter to help you do just that, nail that assessment. In this issue we talk about Exceed – Investigating a topic

We gathered tips from your Apprenticeship Advisors to help you nail this assessment.

Exceed – Investigating a topic focuses on gaining additional knowledge which you, the apprentice will then apply in the workplace. It is likely that the training plan will recommend you complete Exceed early in the programme as it gives you the opportunity to gain new and in depth understanding about a condition, situation, social issue or impairment

1.     Choose topics with meaning and value
We recommend you choose subjects which have real purpose behind them, that can help make a real difference to the people you support.  Be sure to talk to your manager or assessor and your Careerforce Apprenticeship Advisor to identify possible research topics that can add the greatest value to you and your organisation.  

2.     Be specific
Avoid choosing broad subjects for your research topics.  Be specific - Choose a condition or impairment that is relevant to your role or the people you work alongside. Instead of choosing a broad topic such as 'mental health' or 'disability, be more specific e.g. bipolar disorder or autism disorder.  Here are some other examples of specific conditions or impairments: diabetes, dementia, sensory impairment.

Great Resource to help with 'Exceed'
Here's a great resource prepared by the Ministry of Health. It provides data on a number of topics from obesity to tobacco use to mental health. Simply choose a health topic to access the data. Check out the Ministry of Health resource here

Win one of three prizes!
Congratulations to our winners from the June newsletter.
  1. Chloe Hollows
  2. Priscilla Wiki
  3. Onyedika Anumba

It’s your turn to win 1 of 3 $50 grocery vouchers. Just answer correctly three easy questions to be in the draw by 14 September 2021. Complete the quiz now!
‘Speech to text’ functionality can save valuable time
Speech to text software can make everything a little easier when you’re studying. It can help with record keeping, research and note-taking, and save you from having to type lengthy passages of text.

The good news is that digital technology has made transcription services a lot more accessible, and simpler to use.

At Careerforce we're often asked if the Careerforce online learning and assessment platform, Aka Toi has a 'speech to text' function.

‘Speech to text’ is actually function of the device being used, rather than part of the Aka Toi learning platform.  Different devices have their own peculiarities, but can be used in association with Aka Toi.

As more and more of our learners have asked about this topic, we have created a guide based on using a smartphone.  Please take a look.  The guide can be found on Aka Toi or downloaded here.  You may find it to be a valuable tool to help with your studies.

Meet your fellow apprentice:
Tongan care worker seizes opportunities to upskill and support her community

Uinita (Nita) Tapaatoutai is a hard worker and an inspiration to others. She balances two work roles, her community healthcare work commitments and mentoring her peers. She is a role model for her five children, and still has a determination to grow and succeed, now taking on a Management degree. With a Level 3 New Zealand Certificate in Health and Wellbeing under her belt, the Oamaru Hospital worker will soon complete a Level 4 Apprenticeship in Community Facilitation with support from Careerforce.
The Tongan Health Care Assistant is passionate about learning and is keen to take advantage of the opportunities.

“It was sometimes a struggle to fit in all the study, last year,” says Nita. “During COVID, I often worked overtime, as staff were away, during lockdown. It was a big challenge at times. But I do enjoy the learning, so I kept pushing myself."

When Nita’s manager suggested a few of the staff were having problems with their apprenticeship modules, and would she like to help them, it was natural to offer to help. 
“I had one or two ladies, who were doing the community facilitation apprenticeship, who faced the same challenges that I had last year. One apprentice had only completed seven modules, and was ready to give up. I told her my story, and I managed to encourage her to keep going.”

As she approaches the finish line with her own apprenticeship, Nita has already begun another programme of study. One of ten successful candidates to be selected from more than twenty applicants, Nita has now enrolled in the Bachelor of Applied Management through Capable NZ at Otago Polytechnic and started in early August 2021.

Recommended for watching
Rising Phoenix, on NETFLIX
Rising Phoenix tells the extraordinary story of the Paralympic Games. From the rubble of World War II to the third biggest sporting event on the planet, the Paralympics sparked a global movement which continues to change the way the world thinks about disability, diversity and human potential.
Watch the trailer here

Check out the previous  newsletter issues for more hints and tips
You can look back on previous issues of this newsletter for more ideas to help you really take charge of your apprenticeship journey.  You'll also find more news stories to help keep you motivated.

Previous issues of the apprenticeship newsletter can be found here

Stay Connected
Join the Apprenticeship Facebook Group to link in with your fellow apprentices. Follow the Careerforce Facebook Page for some inspiration, stories and important announcements.

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