ACCELERATOR off to a Flying Start
Taranaki Future’s successful mentoring and internship programme, ACCELERATOR, has got off to a racing start with 70 young people, 35 businesses and 17 coaches on board for this year’s programme.
“The focus is on preparing young people for their futures, but every year businesses and coaches tell us how much they get out of being involved too. From gaining an insight into their future workforce to seeing the challenges facing our young people as they embark on future education, training and employment,” says Taranaki Futures General Manager Warwick Foy.
Students spend an hour a week in a workplace learning about what makes that business tick, what skills and attributes they look for in employees and what career pathways are available in that industry. Then, every Monday night, the students meet at the Little Theatre to reflect on their business placements with a coach (a local business person) and hear a series of motivational talks on leadership as well as personal career stories from their coaches.
There are student representatives from Waitara, NPGHS, NPBHS, SHGC, FDMC, Spotswood College, Opunake High School and Inglewood College taking part and their career interests range from forensics, sound engineering, and music education through to health science, law, hotel management and architecture.
ACCELERATOR was developed in 2016 by the MP for New Plymouth, Jonathan Young. Since 2017, the programme has been run by Taranaki Futures.
The programme runs for 10 weeks from May through to July.
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