Tips to ace your training programme, keeping well and a chance to win one of three prizes
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In this issue:
  • Tips to ace your training programme
  • Keeping yourself well
  • A chance to win one of three prizes
Kia ora

Welcome to your first issue of Training for Good, our new quarterly newsletter for all trainees enrolled in a Careerforce programme.

Wherever you are at in your training, there will be something for you in each newsletter. In each issue, we’ll be sharing assessment and study tips, answers to frequently asked questions, as well as uplifting stories – all designed to support and motivate you on your training journey.

Don’t forget that there is a Training Support page on the Careerforce website with information and resources to support your training.
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Remember that you are not alone in this journey. There are thousands of other trainees across New Zealand working alongside you and persevering as you are. You also have the team at Careerforce backing you up.

This is your newsletter. We welcome any content ideas you may have that would add value to your training journey. Email our team with your suggestions at

Jane Wenman
Chief Executive

Whakatauki (Māori proverb)
Matariki (Māori New Year)
This year, Matariki is celebrated between 13-20 July.
Matariki is a cluster of 9 stars (known in English as Pleiades) and when it rises in the winter night sky, it signals the beginning of the Māori New Year. It’s a time to celebrate new life, remember those who have died during the past year and plan for the future. 
It’s a time to spend with whānau and friends, to enjoy kai (food), waiata (songs), tākaro (games) and haka.
Kia pai tou tātou Matariki! (Happy Matariki, everyone!)
What exactly does this 'action word' mean?
Assessment questions are usually worded in a number of standard ways: they often start with action words such as describe, identify, outline and explain which give you a hint as to how to deal with the question. Your assessors expect more than just a few words and are expecting sentences, bullet points and paragraphs to ensure your understanding.

Include all the details.
If you’re being asked to describe a situation, remember to include who was there, what happened, when it happened, what you did, and what the final outcome was. Remember that you are trying to create a picture for your assessor who wasn’t there but needs to be sure you know and can do the right thing.

Pick out or mention facts about a person or subject being asked about.
Watch for directions that ask you to recall specific points about a situation and explain them briefly. It's important that if you're being asked to identify three examples, that you provide three examples.

Give a brief overview, covering just the main aspects but not in detail.
It's important to organise your main points in the outline and provide statements that back up those points.

Tell 'how' or 'why' things are the way they are.
Use your own words when being asked to explain a model, concept or philosophy as this shows your assessor your level of understanding.
Use your own words - you've got this!
Answer the assessment questions the way you would say it in a conversation. Copying answers is not allowed – we want to hear your answers. Be specific when you give an example as this shows understanding of the question and that you can relate it to your own role. You’ve got this!
Proud infection control record for Hokianga graduates
Hokianga Health’s vision is to be the centre of excellence for rural health care.  Based at the top of New Zealand, this Trust was established in one New Zealand’s oldest settlements, and a place considered a heartland for Māori.

The organisation provides a range of services to the local people that include a public hospital, primary care, disability, maternity, mental health, public health and health promotion, and community development service.

A team of six cleaners achieved the New Zealand Certificate in Cleaning Level 2 qualification and they are rightfully very proud.
Looking after your own wellbeing is important, especially when it's winter and the weather is nothing to write home about. Here are some ideas to keep you warm and well during those colder months.

1.     Exercise to build your immunity
It might be really tough to motivate yourself at this time of year, but by working out and making your heart pump a little faster you strengthen your immune system. It’s true. We didn’t make it up, promise. Even a walk in the fresh air will do you good.

2.     Eat fruit and vegetables from a rainbow of different colours
Each colour gives you a different sort of nutrient. So make sure you include plenty of green, red, purple/blue, yellow/orange and white/brown fruits and vegetables in your diet every day to get the good stuff. If nothing else, it makes the plate look pretty.

3.     Make sure you're getting enough selenium
Unfortunately, New Zealand soils are low in this nutrient, which means in turn that our fruit and vegetables are not good sources. Selenium is a mineral which helps to support the immune system. It’s found in Brazil nuts (yum!) and eating just two a day will help you meet your daily requirements.
Why not relax and have a cup of Turmeric Ginger Cinnamon Tea?
Turmeric Ginger Cinnamon Tea is soothing and refreshing, helps to fight cold and flu, and aids in digestion. Can't be bad, right? Although this caffeine-free tea can be enjoyed all year round, it's perfect to keep you warm in the winter.
Keep your hands clean and prevent the spread of infection
Get a refresher on proper hand hygiene, and how to prevent spreading infection with these free Careerforce resources that we developed for the Ministry of Health.

Eva answers some of your common questions
Q. What is Industry training and where will the training take place?
A. Industry training is also known as on-the-job training or workplace training. We also call it the ‘earn and learn’ pathway. It’s built for people like you, who are already employed and looking to have your knowledge and skills recognised, as well as remain up to date and advance your career. Industry training is different from classroom training. Your “classroom” is your workplace. You don’t necessarily need to sit down and listen to lectures. You can learn at your own pace.
Find out more by watching this video
Q. How long will it take to finish the training?
A. Manage your work and training commitments as well as you can. Complete the work within the timeframe that was agreed between yourself, your assessor and employer. The average time needed for our training programmes ranges from 7 months-12 months, and 18 months for our apprenticeship programmes. Remember that you have your workplace and all of us at Careerforce supporting you. So, please feel free to get in touch if you have any questions.

Q. I do not know who my assessor is, how do I get started with my training?
A. It is best to ask your manager about who your assigned assessor is. Then organise to speak with your assessor about how training will work. Ask for a training plan with a list of unit standards or modules that you must complete. Also discuss where you are going to access your learning and assessment resources. If you’re using paper-based learning, speak to your assessor about accessing them from the Careerforce library at
or if you are learning online you would have received an email with instructions on how to log in to Aka Toi, our online learning platform.

Prizes, prizes, prizes! Did we mention prizes?
Simply complete three questions to be in the draw to win 1 of 3 $50 prezzy cards. The quiz closes on 31 July 2020. To enter, follow this link.
We’ll contact the winners via email so don’t forget to provide your email address at the end of the quiz.

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If you’re having some challenges with your training, ask your assessor or employer for some advice. If you think Careerforce can help, do get in touch with us.
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