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From Education to Employment - Wairarapa's Big Day Out

By UCOL on Monday, 11 June 2018

A photograph of some people walking together outdoors at UCOL in Wairarapa

Over 100 secondary school students and teachers from across the Wairarapa will come together to see local Social and Community Services, and Creative industries at the Wairarapa Industries Big Day Out on Wednesday 13 June.

The Wairarapa Youth Education Training & Employment Partnership (YETE), Universal College of Learning (UCOL) and the Tertiary Education Commission (TEC) have collaborated together to run the Big Day Out. Year 11 students will visit a number of employers and businesses to explore future pathway options and have an opportunity to connect with local industry leaders and training providers. 

YETE Project Lead, Josie Whaanga gave a sneak peak of what the day will hold for students; 

“It’s going to be an action packed day, with a large range of hands-on activities and workshops. We are hoping to really challenge the young people to think outside of the box and take part in problem solving activities. In the workshops they will be able to start identifying the skills of the future and related careers pathways and training.” 

This year there are a lot of different industries taking part in the event as UCOL’s Schools Partnerships Manager Hayden Robinson says; 

“It is fantastic to have a large range of industries such as the radio, banks, Police and lawyers to name a few, come together to share their ideas and inspire our future leaders. The Big Day Out is also hugely beneficial for teachers and supervisors to see how innovative industries, design and technology can be incorporated into their teaching.”

Josie added that, “It’s really great to see more employers than ever before embracing the initiative and recognising the value in increasing opportunities for young people to explore pathway options within their community to enable them to remain and study and work locally.”

The Big Day out will be held from 9.45am – 2.30pm. 

Industry Big Day Out is a TEC initiative. The TEC is government’s careers agency connecting education to employment.