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Business and industry

Relationships with industry training organisations and local and regional businesses and industries provide many benefits. Students and staff can become more aware of the world of work beyond school and the range of opportunities and challenges students will face. Business and industry benefit by helping to shape the learning experiences of students and enhancing wider understanding of business and industry.

Businesses and industries can contribute to a school’s career education and guidance programme by:

  • working with the school’s careers lead team to design and implement career education programmes
  • ensuring schools, students and families have accurate and up-to-date information about work and occupations in the school’s region, nationally and globally
  • providing resources and speakers for classrooms and career events
  • providing mentors for students interested in particular career pathways
  • providing role models for students who are not engaged in learning or identified as at risk of not making successful transitions
  • facilitating work experience opportunities for students
  • providing exposure to working in business and industry contexts for students and staff.

Tertiary education and training organisations

Schools need to form strong working relationships with tertiary education and training organisations in order to expose younger students to future possibilities and to assist older students in their career planning and transition to tertiary education. These organisations often offer to meet students at the school or invite them to visit institutions or participate in events. Many have Māori and Pasifika staff, or students who work with Māori and Pasifika students in schools. It is important, however, that schools also provide balanced and impartial information about tertiary education and training opportunities.

Tertiary education and training organisations can support career education and guidance in schools through:

  • providing balanced and unbiased information and advice to students, including the realities of possible tertiary choices, for example, living away from home
  • providing information about how a range of young people have managed their careers after leaving school
  • providing clear information about entry requirements for all programmes
  • assisting students to understand and manage any local or regional factors that might impact on their tertiary education or employment
  • providing information on career pathways beyond tertiary programmes, including job market information
  • running career aspiration programmes for Māori and Pasifika students
  • helping students to implement their career plans.

Strong school to tertiary education connections that provide good information for all students’ decisions about where, when and how to engage in tertiary education are needed. Tertiary education organisations and schools are expected to continue to develop connections to support students to move from one setting to the next as well as supporting students who re-enter education later in life.

Ministry of Education (2008). Tertiary Education Strategy 2007–12 Incorporating Statement of Tertiary Education Priorities 2008–10, p12

Published on: 04 Aug 2009