It’s a Wrap for ACCELERATOR 2018

Group 2018

Students taking part in this year’s Taranaki Future’s mentoring and internship programme, ACCELERATOR, have been exposed to a working oil and gas production site, picked the brains of a local private investigator, manned the reception desk at a local boutique hotel, observed how breast tissue is analysed at MedLab and much more during the nine week programme.

“The range of career interests the students had was incredible and it was really satisfying finding compatible business placements for them,” says Taranaki Futures General Manager Warwick Foy.

Students spent 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 met at the Little Theatre to reflect on their business placements with a coach (a local business person) and heard a series of motivational talks on leadership as well as personal career stories from their coaches.

“The focus of Accelerator 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 Foy.

There were 70 Year 12 and 13 student representatives from NPGHS, NPBHS, SHGC, FDMC, Spotswood College and Inglewood College, 35 local business and 17 coaches participating in this year’s programme.

ACCELERATOR ran for 9 weeks from May through to July.

Accelerator was developed in 2016 by the MP for New Plymouth, Jonathan Young. Since 2017, the programme has been run by Taranaki Futures.

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