WEX is a success!
July saw the first pilot of WEX - our new work experience programme. 15 Kāpiti based businesses opened their doors to local youth and 17 Kāpiti youth enjoyed gaining some new skills and experiences as well as forging some lasting connections with local employers.
Businesses involved stretched across multiple industries, offering youth a real variety. We would like to take this opportunity to thank all those local businesses involved: The Law Connection,
Goodman Contractors, AVS, Kiwibank, Boundary Tap & Kitchen, Divine Pies, Pzazz Building, El Rancho, Peter Jackson Plumbing, Caci Clinic, Paula's Home and Living, Café Te Horo, North City Engine Reconditioners.
Anne Hoffman, Store Manager, Paulas Home & Living, commented on her work experience placement student - Thando Mupariwa from Paraparaumu College, "Thando was a great contribution to the team over the 4 days and really went over and beyond what we expected from a student."
The three colleges: Paraparaumu, Kāpiti and Ōtaki were all extremely supportive of the initiative, and Stephanie Putt of Ōtaki College commented, "The WEX programme has provided a great opportunity for our students to link up with local employers and to gain skills and knowledge in industries that they are interested in as possible careers.
As a Careers Adviser, I appreciate that the programme is run by Work Ready Kapiti and that it is well organised and requires me to do very little additional work to make it happen for our students. I value the time that has been spent getting employers on board for this programme. It is a great initiative to help our students to get work ready and I hope to see it continue and grow in the future."
It was fabulous to see some real lessons learnt and some valuable experience gained.
If you are either a Kāpiti based business or youth who would like to get involved in the programme, either by offering a placement or by attending one, please get in touch today - contact us.