Tikanga Māori edge to youth employability in Waikato

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Norm and Shirley 04 Sep 2019

A nationally-recognised professional development programme for youth work facilitators has been given a Te Ao Māori edge thanks to Smart Waikato and COMET.

The two organisations have joined forces in a NZ-first to develop YES PLS Pūkenga Whakatupu Ora, a suite of tools and knowledge based on the Employability Skills Framework – the competencies young people need to enter the workforce: positive attitude, communication, teamwork, self-management, willingness to learn, thinking skills and resilience.

The inaugural five-day programme, for those working with Māori and non-Māori youth and weaving in strands of Te Reo, Tikanga Māori and Te Tiriti o Waitangi, will be held on Friday and Saturday October 18th and 19th, Thursday November 14th and Friday and Saturday November 22nd and 23rd from 9am to 4pm. Early bird rate of $990+gst per person is available until Monday September 23, 4pm. Space is limited. 

Find out more and register 

CAPTION: YES PLS co-developers and facilitators Shirley Johnson and Norm Hill. 
Shirley has spent 20 years in training and management roles with CYFS and five years running a Christchurch Youth Prison, while Norm, affiliated to Waikato-Tainui iwi, is an experienced cultural facilitator and mentor.