Pacific learner success in workplace settings
About the project
A consortium of ITOs- ServiceIQ, The Skills Organisation, Careerforce, Competenz, and Pacific Perspectives Limited, a Pacific owned and led consultancy, have undertaken research that focused on learners, learning facilitators and industry training organisation (ITOs) staff engaged in improving Pacific learners’ achievement in industry training in workplace settings. It brings a Pacific learner perspective to factors that influence their participation, achievement and continuance in ITO facilitated qualifications. Also included are the perspectives of ITO staff and facilitators who are working towards improving Pacific learners’ success.
The project identified critical success factors and effective models for Pasifika learners, including those generally applicable to industry training, and specific to the training models of ITOs. A significant investment will be made in the development of a toolkit for ITOs to use in applying the results of the projects as part of the dissemination of the results of the project. The project will also result in enhanced capability for the Pasifika staff of ITOs to conduct similar evaluative work in the future.
There are two project outputs that are available for download. The full Research Report and a Literature Review (completed in 2016). These resources were launched at the Pacific Tertiary Education Forum in September 2017.
The key output from the project is a full research report that is being launched in September 2017. Following the publication of the report, there will be a toolkit created for ITOs working with Pacific learners. Particular emphasis will be placed in the report on explaining how ITOs can approach and tailor their interventions to recognise the diversity within the Pacific population.
The Advisory Group will lead a process of dissemination and engagement with the participating ITOs and the industry training sector more generally in line with our communication and dissemination plan. This process will involve communicating the results of the pilots, sharing and explaining the use of the toolkits that have been prepared, and supporting ITOs to translate the recommendations into practical changes to the way workplace learning is arranged.
This project will help ITOs and others involved with workplace-based learning to formulate effective intervention programmes for Pacific learners.
Media Coverage of Pacific learner success in workplace settings
South Aucklander benefits from workplace training The Aucklander, Thursday Sep 28, 2017
Pacifica people: 'Don't be afraid to try' The Aucklander, Thursday Sep 28, 2017
Support worker finds her feet with study The Aucklander, Thursday Sep 28, 2017
The project focused on answering the following questions:
- What are the critical success factors for Pacific learners in industry training?
- What interventions focusing on these factors can ITOs put in place to support achievement?
- How successful are these interventions at supporting achievement for Pacific learners?
Design / Methodology
The purpose of this project was to identify, pilot and evaluate practices which aim to improve the achievement of Pacific learners in industry training. This project involved developing and piloting two initiatives, documenting the experiences of 36 Pacific trainees, their employers, and ITO staff., The research report will focus on a Pacific learner perspective to factors that influence their participation, achievement and retention in ITI facilitated qualifications, and on the ITO staff and facilitators who are working towards improving Pacific learners’ success.
Milestone 6 has been completed, which is that the project team has completed its research project and the report is being printed in time for launching at the Pacific Tertiary Education Forum at the Pasifika Community Centre Manukau Institute of Technology in September. The team recently gave a progress reports to the National Project Fund and Teaching and Learning Research Initiative Projects in Progress Colloquium V in 2016, and also presented progress to the NZ Vocational Education and Training Research Forum in 2016.”
Project team members
Peter Scanlan, ServiceIQ (project lead)
Caroline Harris, ServiceIQ
Issac Liava’a, The Skills Organisation
Joel Rewa-Morgan, Careerforce
Ifi Ripley, Careerforce
Iani Nemani, Comeptenz
Debbie Ryan, Pacific Perspectives
Racheal Fleming, Pacific Perspectives
The team at the end of the project was from Left to right: Caroline Harris, ServiceIQ; Issac Liava’a, The Skills Organisation; Iani Nemani, Competenz; Peter Scanlan, ServiceIQ; Ifi Ripley, and Joel Rewa-Morgan (not pictured), Careerforce; Debbie Ryan and Racheal Fleming (not pictured), Pasific Perspectives.
Ako Aotearoa $50,000 (excl. GST)
Organisational contribution: $104,287 (excl. GST)
Project commenced: Beginning 2015
Project completion: September 2017
Pacific perspectives (2015). Pasifika learner success in workplace settings – thematic literature review March 2015 v1.0. (872KB PDF)
Scanlan, P. et al. (2015) Pacific learner success in workplace settings (288KB PDF)
This report from this project is published under the Creative Commons 3.0 New Zealand Attribution Non-commercial Share Alike Licence (BY-NC-SA). 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 noncommercially, as long as you credit the author/s and license your new creations under the identical terms.