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Videos focus on young people’s skills

The Ministry of Education has launched a series of videos that showcase youth skills and their relevance to the workforce.

Acting Deputy Secretary at the Ministry, Rose Jamieson said the videos featured students aged 15-to-18 from Manurewa High School in South Auckland, telling the story of how they acquired and applied work-ready skills in everyday life activities in and out of school.

“These activities include being part of a dance crew, being a head girl, leading a kapa haka group, connecting to their possible career and creating a digital book,” Ms Jamieson said.

“The videos show how these skills are developed in situations that employers and youth themselves might not have thought about in the first instance.”

She said many young people do have the skills but don’t realise it until someone points them out.

“They are building the skills throughout their lives, but they just don’t know they are and are not able to articulate these skills to an employer,” Ms Jamieson said.

The videos also feature mentors such as performance artist, Rebekkah Schoonbeek and Ora Kura Director, Tyrone Grace, with employers Air New Zealand, Spark NZ, MYOB, HIP Group and Fusion Networks talking about how the skills acquired by these young people are applicable in their respective industries.

Mr Grace said he was a believer that there was talent in all corners of the community.

“This really helps put a spotlight on those with a great attitude but don’t want to go down the traditional route. This experience restored my faith and showed a way to address some of the biggest barriers to young people,” Mr Grace said