SET for Work, SET for Life Te Tai Tokerau
Kotahi ano te kohao o te ngira
E kuhuna ait e miro ma te miro whero me to miro pango
Kia hakakotahi ai he taura here oranga
“There is but one eye of the needle, through which the white, red and black threads must pass, to unify the strands of wellbeing”
About the project
The SET for Work, SET for Life Te Tai Tokerau project is a response to a national move towards a more joined up Vocational Education and Training (VET) system. A system that supports the achievement of sustainable employment outcomes and higher skills for learners and businesses.
This pilot project of 30 learners, leverages off relationships between The Skills Organisation, Primary ITO, NorthTec and Te Matarau Education Trust and is designed to analyse and investigate the need for a demand led, collaborative and responsive VET system.
The 30 learners in the SET for Work, SET for Life project are in the electrical and primary industries.
- 15 Learners will be from Kamo High School, with 5 out of the 15 being Māori female
- 5 Primary ITO learners
- 5 Skills Organisation apprentices
- 5 NorthTec Pretrades / Te Matarau learners
This research will follow the SET for Work, SET for Life project and systematically gather information that will allow the ability to capture place based data on individuals moving through multiple career and education transition points.
This research project will gather evidence and explore the connection between the world of learning and the world of work. It will systematically reflect on the successes and learnings of the SET for Work, SET for Life operational framework, that tests a collaborative approach between schools, VET organisations and employers, with the ultimate goal of flexible supported pathways into sustainable employment outcomes for learners.
The aim of this project is to analyse and reflect on the effectiveness of the SET for Work, SET for Life operational framework. Through this reflective process, and analysis of current practice and literature, good practice guidelines will be produced that will inform and ultimately enable change in the connection between the world of work and the world of learning.
This project will employ action research methodology and a reflective process of progressive problem solving with project members working as part of a community of practice to improve the way we address and solve problems.
The reflective process embedded in the SET for Work, SET for Life framework is informed by the Kaupapa Māori Wellbeing Model of Assessment, gathering information about the progress of a learner at different stages throughout their journey.
Data will be gathered through:
- Diagnostic and observational assessments of the five foundation elements of literacy at programme entry and exit.
- Learner self-assessment of their wellbeing at programme entry and exit.
- Monthly digital reflective learner diaries.
- Monthly 1:1 face to face meetings with the learners, following a semi-structured summative assessment process.
- Learner entry interviews at project enrolment.
- Learner exit interviews at the completion of the project.
- Monthly self-assessment of the project's progress completed by the project delivery and governance team.
- Bi monthly semi-structured interviews with employers of learners engaged with the project
- Bi monthly semi-structured interviews with education and training providers of learners engaged with the project
- Quarterly reflective reviews with a learner’s whānau.
Additionally the information will be analysed through:
- A comprehensive literature review, building on the information that was collected in developing the SET for Life project.
- Structured interviews with employers, education providers and learners outside of the SET for Work, SET for Life programme, who have been working within the current VET training system.
This project seeks to produce the following outputs and outcomes:
- Good Practice Guidelines that will inform change in:
- Enabling cross sector collaboration and connectivity between education, training and employment
- Providing effective pastoral care and support for learners
- Developing relevant and specific career pathways, contextualised with real world learning opportunities
- Increasing workforce capability for employers
- Providing transitional support for learners entering the world of work
- Assessing and supporting the development of the five foundation elements of literacy.
Published report of good practice guidelines connecting the world of work and the world of learning.
Ako Aotearoa $50,000 (excl. GST)
NZ$337,000 plus GST over the term of this agreement (that is The Skills Organisation & partners NZ$169,000 in-kind, and Tertiary Education Commission NZ$168,000).
Project commenced: End 2016
Expected project completion: Mid-2018
The report from this project is published under the Creative Commons 3.0 New Zealand Attribution Non-commercial Share Alike Licence (BY-NC-SA/3.0-NZ). Under this licence you are free to copy, distribute, display and perform the work as well as to remix, tweak, and build upon this work non-commercially, as long as you credit the author/s and license your new creations under the identical terms.