Emma's Work Experience at NOTS Event

Emma Froncois Hawera Sept 2018

Staff at Hawera High School think outside the square to get their students work experience. At a recent Taranaki Chamber of Commerce Network of Trades event that the school hosted, they turned to a student who’s planning a career in tourism to help run the event.

“Emma has plans to attend PiHMS next year and earlier this year her Young Enterprise Team won a start-up grant from MP Barbara Kuriger for their business plan. We thought planning and hosting a networking event would be great experience for Emma so invited her to be involved,” says Michelle Malone, Hawera High School’s Principal’s PA.

Emma worked with school staff throughout the hosting process. “Alongside the Principal’s Assistant I helped plan the schedule, arrange catering, set up displays and welcome guests on the night,” says Year 13 Hawera High School student Emma Francois. “I absolutely loved it,” she said.

Taranaki Futures General Manager Warwick Foy praised the school’s inclusive approach. “I was impressed with Emma's professionalism and the initiative Hawera High School showed in giving one of their students an opportunity to gain some real life work experience," he said.

The Network of Trades is a forum for trades and trades based businesses to network, showcase their businesses, support one another and hear from relevant speakers.

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