Buller District Council

Council connects with next generation

21st May, 2021

Buller District Council connected with the next generation at Buller High School’s Vocational Pathway Forums over the past two weeks.

Council was one of several businesses who presented to year 9-13 students about future career options within the district.

The Vocational Pathway Forum connects future employees with employers through a speed dating approach. Teams of six to eight students spent five minutes with each employer to find out about the job and training opportunities within their organisations.

Human resources and health and safety advisor Glenda Martyn says: “It is a great opportunity to present to students what career and training opportunities council has available.

The forum is a chance for council to open students’ eyes to the many career pathways in local government.”

Council can offer study options to students after they finish high school. This means that while working for council students have the opportunity to gain an industry approved qualification.  These study options can lead to a bachelor, diploma or certificate depending on the field of work.

“Currently we have a cadet building inspector using our study option. She is earning an income and studying at the same time. This means she will gain her building inspector qualification, have no student loan, and gained relevant work experience. This is a great start into employment. Not many students are aware that council offers this in a variety of professions.”

Council currently employs 80 employees in an array of jobs from administration and customer service to IT and accounting, through to civil engineering, planning and building.

To gain a taste of what working in these different fields is like council offers summer student vacancies for year 13 as well as for year one tertiary students.

“The next step in engaging with next generation in Buller is to link in with Buller High School Gateway’s programme for 2022.

We want to foster local talent and raise awareness for what exciting work and training opportunities council can offer.”

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For more information please contact:
Glenda Martyn
Glenda.martyn@bdc.govt.nz

Photo: Round up at the Vocational Pathway Forum

 

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