Youth workers benefit professionally from apprenticeship programme, talanoa study hubs, scholarship applications are open and more...
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Mālo ni and warm Pacific greetings,

Happy Tokelau Language Week and welcome to the October 2023 issue of Pacific Connect - The Careerforce newsletter for our Pacific learners.
Youth workers benefit professionally from apprenticeship programme
With the needs of struggling young New Zealanders becoming greater, so too are the needs for qualified youth workers who can support them.

Phil Tavai, 32, and Eloni Taulafo, 30, are just two of many youth workers prioritising their professional development in an increasingly challenging sector.

These two inspiring young Pasifika men have both just completed their apprenticeship in youth work through
Careerforce | Te Pūkenga and, with the level 4 qualification under their belts, the teammates are already moving onto further study.
Eloni Taulafo (left) and Phil Tavai have completed their Level 4 apprenticeship in youth work
With the ever-growing demand, Phil says having a qualified team is critically important. “Although we have a lot of passionate youth workers, we need to ensure they’re professionally trained. In order to make passion professional, we’ve got to have something that backs up the practice, and the models of practice that would inform the way that we talk or engage with youth so that we’re not free willing it.

“Anyone that’s come in [to the team], we’ve made sure they’re enrolled in the Careerforce apprenticeship, and which is fully on-job based learning,” he says.

This has been true for Eloni’s introduction to the team, when he joined in 2020. Prior to QES, Eloni was working in the logistics industry as a forklift driver until the Covid-19 lockdown forced him out of a job.

Keep reading Phil and Eloni's story >
Final Talanoa study hubs for 2023!
The Careerforce Pacific team are hosting their final Talanoa study hubs for 2023. This is your chance to get together with other Careerforce learners, share conversation and food, and gain some study support from the Careerforce Pacific team!

South Auckland, Friday 27 October
Manukau Institute of Technology | Te Pūkenga (Mautu'u room)
10am - 2pm

Tauranga, Wednesday 8 November
Papamoa Community Centre (Aihe room)
10am - 2pm

Christchurch, Wednesday 15 November
Rārākau Riccarton Community Centre (Kowhai room)
10am - 2pm

> West Auckland, Friday 24 November
Te Pai Centre (31-35 Te Pai Place, Waitakere)
10am - 2pm
Scholarships available for Pacific ākonga (learners)
Applications are open for the 2024 Tulī Takes Flight Scholarship, and any Pacific ākonga (learner) currently studying towards a qualification through Careerforce | Te Pūkenga is encouraged to apply.

If eligible, Pacific learners can apply and receive from $11,000 to $31,000 each to support their course costs and living costs such as accommodation, transport, and childcare.
Ngakiri Antonovich was announced as a winner of the Tulī Takes Flight Scholarship in 2022. She is studying towards the New Zealand Certificate in Health and Wellbeing (Level 4) via one of our apprenticeship programmes, and works for Fale Pasifika Te Taitokerau in Whangārei.
Ngakiri’s Pacific heritage is connected to the Cook Islands. She says, “I’m grateful that I can pass on the knowledge I’ve gained in my studies, to others, so they can make informed choices for their financial wellbeing. I would love to lead teams of Pasifika and Māori financial mentors in the future to support our people out of debt.”

Applications for this scholarship will close on Tuesday 7 November 2023.
Congratulations to the following Levels 4 and 5 Pacific graduates from August - October 2023:
NZ Certificate in Health and Wellbeing (Advanced Support)
Tiripa Wuatai
Sangeeta Devi
Lisa Langi
Sheryl Knight
Keshni Naidu
Doreen Narayan
Silia Manu

NZ Apprenticeship in Social Services
Sabrina Kolio
Maraia Sinclair

NZ Apprenticeship in Community Facilitation (Disability Support)
Deepika Prasad

NZ Apprenticeship in Community Facilitation (Diversional Therapy)
Pipiena Peauafi

NZ Certificate in Health and Wellbeing (Advanced Care and Support)
Shivani Goundar

NZ Apprenticeship in Health and Wellbeing (Peer Support)
Rowena Singh

NZ Apprenticeship in Community Facilitation
Sosefine Mao
Florence Tui
Absolome Vea
Jeremiah Alapati
Leah Ward

NZ Apprenticeship in Community Facilitation (Youth Work)
Siutaka Soakai
Phillip Tavai
David Makea

NZ Apprenticeship in Mental Health and Addiction Support
Saleshni Prasad
Felix Pillay
Albert Wolfgramm
Moreen Ruban
Siniua Lene

NZ Apprenticeship in Healthcare Assistance for Aged Care
Keshni Naidu
Sheryl Knight

NZ Diploma in Health and Wellbeing (Applied Practice)
Level 5

Janice Collins
Iulio Afamiliona

Pasifika learner support page
Add this page to your bookmarks:

This page includes stories of other Pasifika learners and graduates, study tips, a schedule of our 2023 Talanoa Study Hubs and more! We'll continue adding to this page with new Talanoa dates and other important information, so keep an eye out.
Reach out to your Pacific team...

If you need support or would like to get in touch with someone from our Pacific team, you can contact us via:
0800 277 486
Laloifi Ripley (Pacific Lead) and Miriama Fetu (Pacific Coordinator)

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