Murihiku Regeneration is currently developing the implementation of Te Ara Aukati Kore (pathways without barriers). This is a kaupapa designed to ensure local people build the capability needed for emergent labour market and broader social and cultural life opportunities in the region. It is designed to allow us to be responsive to whatever labour market context emerges.
Education underpins the four pou by ensuring whānau have the capability needed to make the most of the post-Tiwai Smelter/COVID-19 pandemic environment.
Murihiku Regeneration is about developing a whānau-centred approach to developing education and training that embraces and centralises the life world of whānau.
Three practical foci have been developed that emphasise a de-centring of education, training and social services to place the emphasis on people’s needs and aspirations:
Education system advocacy: ensuring that education and training provision is responsive to, and enabling of, whānau aspirations.
Programme delivery partnerships: collaborating to draw together and build on exiting programmes and services as a coherent and systematic approach to the development of human capability.
Pathway planning: ensuring whānau are supported to develop and express their aspirations for work and life, and capture them in a practical, holistic development plan, tailored to their needs and aligned with labour market opportunities.
Our role is work walk alongside whānau. We will do this is a supportive and enabling way, through the metaphor of weaving threads (see diagram) – red: systems, green: supports. The centre line represents whānau and their journey through education, training and beyond.
Our role is to understand each thread, and provide the best access possible to the green thread, and minimise the impact of the red thread, by ensuring we:
- have a sound understanding of the various institutions (such as training providers) and services available;
- understand the extent of institutional flexibility/responsiveness; and
- work in and through institutions and services to ensure people’s needs are met.
Extending our programme to pakeke (adults)
Our programme will not just be for rangatahi, but also pakeke. There will be three broad foci to our education programme:
1. Rangatahi pathways: Pathways through, and transitions from, secondary education into early adult life.
2. Pakeke transitions: between different types of work as new Industries and opportunities become visible, with particular emphasis on ‘work in life’ decision-making and the degree of transition:
- Existing industry shifts,
- Aligned industry shifts
- Inter-industry shifts.
3. Coherence and alignment to aspirations: Alignment of education and training with both labour market demand and broader life aspirations, including those associated with cultural revitalisation.
Working in partnership
We are to drawing together and building on existing programmes and services to create a coherent and systematic approach.
- Tertiary education providers (anchored in SIT)
- Active labour market initiatives from both government and industry leading to ‘decent work’
- Social services that provide support to whānau
As the work to diversify Murihiku industry gains pace, we will have built the partnerships for an education programme that ensures a solid pipeline of capability.
This starts with approaching partnerships through our whānau-centric lens, so that education and training partnerships serve both a changing labour market and the wider life aspirations of whānau.
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