Education to Vocational Employment Pathways
This programme of work is to help our employers address the ongoing labour and skills shortages that are recognised as the single biggest barrier to local business confidence and growth
In 2019 the Hutt Valley Chamber of Commerce, in conjunction with Hutt City Council and Upper Hutt City Council, tendered for and won two government contracts to work more closely with our local schools and students in years 11-13.
Our work in this area is focused on working with schools and local businesses to encourage more of our young people to consider vocational education as a pathway into employment.
The Education to Employment Programme contains a variety of services for 2021:
- Speakers in Schools
- Speed Meets
- Student site visits to places of industry
- Education to Employment Coordination Service
- Vocational Careers Showcase at the 2020 Wellington Business Expo
- Work experience
- Part-time employment opportunities
Alongside our community partners, we aim to:
- Provide opportunities for young people and their teachers to connect to local work opportunities, exploring industry-specific careers while in school
- Enhance young people’s perspectives on vocational education and ‘earn while you learn’ pathways
- Showcase trades and service industry careers to young people and their families, whanau and educators
- Engage the business community in the local education community
- Engage with other community stakeholders to support young people into vocational careers.
The Hutt Valley Chamber of Commerce is committed to a long-term strategy of bringing together the local business community and education sector, and raising the profile of vocational and trade and service-related careers for all our young people.
Addressing Labour Shortages
Our Regular Quarterly Business Survey consistently tells us that labour shortages are a major challenge for our business community.
Reform of Vocational Education (RoVE)
In 2019 the Government announced plans to completely restructure vocational education. RoVE was initiated as a direct response to ongoing labour and skill shortages.