Your chance for a copy of Dave Letele's book
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  • Struggling to get your ideas down?
  • Nail that assessment - Be awesome
  • Win a copy of Dave Letele's book 'No Excuses'
  • Meet some fellow apprentices
  • Finish the year strong
  • Free counselling service now available for all Careerforce apprentices
  • Where to from here?
  • Recommended for watching
  • Careerforce holiday hours
  • Careerforce now part of Te Pūkenga
.. to the final apprenticeship newsletter of the year. Well done for pushing on with your apprenticeship programme despite what for many of you has been another very challenging year.

We hope you're still able to take time during the holiday season to relax, recharge and reconnect with the people that are important to you. Enjoy the holidays and we'll be in touch in 2023!

Meri Kirihimete from the Careerforce whānau to yours.

Struggling to get your ideas down?
Do you find that sometimes you know what you want to write, but you just can’t find the right words? You are not on your own.

This free resource offers help on how to answer assessment questions. You'll learn how to 'unpack' questions, plan your answer, and get some great tips for giving your answers. You will learn how to use punctuation to break your answers into short sentences, and how to use technology for answering assessments.

Nail that assessment - Be awesome
Nailing that Assessment is a regular section in our newsletters designed to help you do just that, nail that assessment. In this issue, we cover off Be Awesome where one of the practical assessment tasks looks at your peer leadership skills.

In the module Be Awesome, you will learn about
leadership qualities and how to demonstrate leadership in accordance with your own strengths and your role in your organisation.

This is where you can put into practice the use of inclusive, strengths-based, gender-neutral and empowering language. Mindfulness around your language, behaviour and using appropriate terminology inside and outside of work is a key leadership attribute.

Being inclusive in your words and in your ways of interacting will support the observation requirements in Be Awesome. You can easily get a tick for…

All these are signs of a person with awesome leadership skills.
Win a copy of Dave Letele's 'No Excuses'
Dave Letele's life has taken him from crime to community, footy to failure, riches to rags (and back again), and from fat to fit. Dave says, "I've been at the bottom and the top, and everything in between...if I can do it, you can."

We're giving away three copies of his book 'No Excuses'.  Simply answer three questions by 15 December 2022 to go into the draw to win 1 of 3 copies of No Excuses. Follow the link below.

We'll contact the winners via email, so don't forget to provide your email address at the end of the quiz.

Follow the link to enter the quiz:
Meet some fellow apprentices
Read about two graduate apprentices who are doing some amazing work with our youth.  
Manager completes apprenticeship to improve outcomes for vulnerable kids
Young support worker is
‘light in the dark’ for high-risk youth
Christchurch manager Rebecca (Bella) Aitken is passionate about supporting kids who are struggling.

Bella manages Kiwi Family Trust, a social service agency that is yielding great results for their tamariki and whānau.

Bella says she feels more empowered in her role and confident in her ability, having completed the NZ Apprenticeship in Youth Work.

Now that she has completed the apprenticeship, she’s moving onto the NZ Diploma in Business (Leadership and Management) with Careerforce.
When Jasmine “Jazz” Teleiai received her Level 4 Certificate in Health and Wellbeing in August, she bawled her eyes out crying. “It was the reassurance that I was on the right path,” she says.

The 23-year-old is a Ringa-ki-Runga support worker for Strive Community Trust in Papatoetoe, where she is supporting families into transitional housing.

It’s the second role she’s had at Strive, after starting out as a youth worker, and where she has just completed her Level 4 Apprenticeship in Youth Work through Careerforce.
Finish the year strong
It’s that time of the year when we normally reflect on the past year. We encourage you to take the time to slow down for a bit and think about what you’ve accomplished in your apprenticeship programme. But for those who want to carry on and finish strong, here are some ideas for you to work on or consider during the holidays.

1.       Review your training plan.
At the start of your apprenticeship journey, you would have sat down with your assessor or apprenticeship advisor to agree on your training plan. How are you tracking? It’s a good time to take out the training plan and see where you’re at. If you find you’re falling behind, that’s okay. Have a chat with your assessor or advisor to revise the plan.

       Carry on with the learning.
Even if you haven’t heard back about an assessment, you can carry on with your learning. You can access Aka Toi even during the holidays (but make sure you have a break!).

       Prepare for your practical assessments.
You'll know which of your assessments are practical assessments. Think about preparing for them so you can get cracking in the new year.

       Start thinking about your Exceed topic.
If you’re doing the Exceed module, you can start thinking about a topic for your research. Ask for some ideas from your fellow apprentices through the Careerforce Apprenticeship Facebook Group. Their suggestions may spark inspiration for a topic.

       Plan for the year ahead.
The beauty of doing on-the-job training is that you can do it at your own pace. You’re the only person who knows best how much you can do within your schedule. Have a plan for next year about what you want to accomplish and discuss this with your assessor or apprenticeship advisor.

Free counselling service now available for all Careerforce learners
Your hauora (wellbeing) is important! We can now offer all our ākonga (learners) across New Zealand access to free confidential counselling through our provider Vitae whenever you need it, via their 24/7 contact centre.

Through this service, you will be able to address issues such as:
  • Personal or study stress
  • Relationship problems
  • Anxiety/depression
  • Grief/loss
  • Violence
  • Harassment
  • Personal trauma
  • Addictions
To access this service, contact Vitae directly:

Check out our website for more information and to download a Careerforce flyer
Where to from here....
Have you considered what you'd like to do when you finish your apprenticeship? If you're keen to broaden your knowledge, here are a few ideas:

New Zealand Diploma in Health and Wellbeing (Level 5) Applied Practice
This is an applied diploma designed to qualify advanced support workers who work closely and collaboratively to support people and whānau with complex needs. >>More

Suicide Prevention in Aotearoa (Level 4) Micro-credential
This micro-credential is designed to recognise the skills and knowledge required to develop knowledge and understanding of suicide prevention in an Aotearoa New Zealand context. >>More

To keep up-to-date, and read more inspirational stories about your fellow Careerforce learners, simply follow or like us on Facebook

Also, we encourage you to join the private Careerforce Apprenticeship group to link in with, and lean on your fellow apprentices.
Recommended for watching
Hongi to Hāngī : And Everything in Between
Tāmati Rimene-Sproat provides the answers to everything you didn’t know about te ao Māori, when you might have been too afraid to ask. This programme is made with the support of NZ On Air and Te Māngai Pāho.

It can be seen on TVNZ On Demand.

Careerforce holiday hours
Please note that Careerforce offices will be closed over the holiday break and staff are taking a break. Our offices close at midday on Thursday, 22 December, and will re-open on Thursday, 5 January 2023.

Although Careerforce offices are closed at these times, you can still work on your assessments over the holidays and submit them for marking. Bear in mind that there will be delays in marking assessments by Careerforce staff over this time.

IMPORTANT - only submit one task at a time
Although we encourage you to work on your modules over the break if you're able, please remember, it is important that you ONLY submit one task within a module for marking during the break.  Feel free to work on other tasks, but please don’t submit these until the first task has been assessed. As staff will be on holiday, they won't be able to give you the prompt feedback they normally provide to help guide you.  

Careerforce now part of Te Pūkenga
Remember that Careerforce is now a business division of Te Pūkenga, and though you'll see our logo sitting alongside Te Pūkenga's logo, we expect everything to continue as 'business as usual' for some time. Your learning, your qualification, the service you receive from us, and how you contact Careerforce all remain the same.
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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