Young people do not need to leave the Waitaki district for good career opportunities, St Kevin’s College Gateway co-ordinator Paula Eatherley says.
On Tuesday, a group of St Kevin’s College year 11 pupils visited several of the district’s infrastructure services – Network Waitaki, SouthRoads and the Waitaki District Council’s water treatment plant and reservoir – to find out about career pathways in the different sectors and help establish relationships between schools and employers.
It was one of the school’s “earn as you learn” careers days, funded by the Tertiary Education Commission, Mrs Eatherley said.
“We are looking at opportunities in the Waitaki district to get training and cadetships when they leave school,” she said.
“There is a shortage of skilled workers so they need to get young people interested in these careers.
“It’s important for students to realise that in the Waitaki district there [are] a heck of a lot of opportunities .. even if they go away to other parts of New Zealand or the world, they can always come back here and have a great life.”
St Kevin’s College pupil Christiane McLeod (16) said the idea of earning money while learning was appealing.
“[The careers day] was different to what I thought it would be. To learn about the workplace was really interesting.”
Hamish Coutts (15) said he was interested in a practical career path in which he could learn on the job.
“You can get out there and get a job without necessarily [going to] university or polytech.
“There are great opportunities around just where we are now.”