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The Future of Work

MIT economist, David Autor, talks about technological advancements and the three questions you should ask to see if a job has a future. Watch the video with your students to help them find out whether the career path they're interested in will be replaced by technological advancements.

Career Development Benchmarks

The career development benchmarks are a suite of self-review tools designed to raise the quality of career development in New Zealand. Learn how you can use the benchmarks and supporting resources to assess and improve your career development programmes and services.

Benchmarks and supporting resources
The career development benchmarks and supporting resources help schools and tertiary organisations self-review their career development programmes and services.

Career Development Benchmarks: Year 7 and 8
The Career Development Benchmarks: Year 7 and 8 are a self-review tool for schools to assess and improve the quality of their career development for Year 7 and 8 students.

Career Development Benchmarks: Secondary
The Career Development Benchmarks: Secondary are a self-review tool for secondary schools to assess and improve the quality of their career development programmes and services.
Fees-free tertiary education and industry training

From 1 January 2018, recent school leavers and other people who may have put off doing further education will be able to access fees free tertiary provider based study or industry training.

Inspire rangatahi with Māia videos
Inspire rangatahi with Māia videos

Career NewZealand’s Māia video series celebrates seven inspiring Māori businesses. Watch their stories plus get tips on employability skills for young people and how they can score a job or start a business! Visit the teacher’s page for advice on how to use it in the classroom.

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Linking schools and businesses

STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Maths) intensive businesses that Teachers in Industry has connected with.

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Employability Skills Framework

Skills employers tell us that are essential for getting and keeping a job.

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These “Employability Cards” are designed to help schools and businesses to engage with each other. One card for schools and one for businesses:

  • each card contains a checklist of five questions;
  • each sets out the benefits of engagement for both education and businesses with advice on how to develop effective long-term relationships;
  • advice for schools includes suggestions on how and why to connect with local businesses;
  • for businesses, the card outlines the benefits of forming links with schools, helping to produce work-ready employees and helping influence career education.

Vocational Pathways Internal Assessment Resources

You can view the Vocational Pathways programme guidance documents here.

The Vocational Pathways provide a coherent framework for foundation education and skills training.

The Vocational Pathways assessment resources provide learners with real-world assessment activities that support learning programmes.

The resources may be used by schools and tertiary education providers that have NZQA consent to assess the relevant achievement standards. The following six pathways represent new ways to structure and achieve NCEA Level 2 or equivalent.

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Opportunities in the science technician workforce: Summary for Teachers
  • Help students find career opportunities in science.
  • Match qualification level to science-rich roles.
  • Find out what issues are important for career development.

Do you have students interested in science who are not likely to go to university?

The good news is they don’t have to go to university to get the skills they need to get a rewarding job in a science field. In fact, our research on the science technician workforce shows that many BSc graduates enter the technician workforce without the practical skills they need to do the job.

This is creating issues for employers who don’t want to have to pay for the training they think science graduates should have received in tertiary study. They would preferably take on applicants with practical skills that can be gained through, for example, the New Zealand Diploma of Applied Science qualification. This is available through the Institutes of Technology and Polytechnics (ITPs).

Read the Science Technicians Workforce: Summary for Teachers to find out more.

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Participating in Teachers in Industry events could contribute to meeting your Practicing Teacher Criteria


Fully certified teachers:
4. demonstrate commitment to ongoing professional learning and development of personal professional practice

  1. identify professional learning goals in consultation with colleagues
  2. participate responsively in professional learning opportunities within the learning community
  3. initiate learning opportunities to advance personal professional knowledge and skills.

Source: Education Council
Maori version

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Employing Pasifika: Realising young Pasifika potential

In 20 years, Pasifika people will represent a quarter of all new job entrants in Auckland. Pasifika employers talk about the employability skills they want,

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Employability skills posters, templates and activity sheets from Careers New Zealand

Show your students how they can discover and acquire employability skills through different types of activities they are involved in using Careers New Zealand's new posters and activity sheets.

NZ Hothouse Group

The various businesses that make up NZ Hothouse Group, and job roles within these.

This is a presentation from NZ Hothouse who attended the Teachers in Industry — Connections Workshop, September 2016.

Franklin Trees

What arborists do at Franklin Trees.

This is a presentation from Franklin Trees who attended the Teachers in Industry — Connections Workshop, September 2016.

Sutherland Produce Ltd

From seed to store, the processes involved in growing produce.

This is a presentation from Sutherland Industries who attended the Teachers in Industry — Connections Workshop, September 2016.

The workshop focused on Primary Industries, with six local businesses in attendance and representatives from six local secondary schools. The focus of the workshop was to raise teacher awareness of local industry and employment opportunities for students. It was also a starting point from which we could all learn and move forward exploring future engagement opportunities.