Māori learners in the workplace setting
Although there is a significant body of research on Māori learners in institutional settings, there is far less literature focused on the experience of Māori learners within workplace settings – especially in industry training. This project sought to address this gap in knowledge.
This project focused on understanding the experiences of Māori learners in industry training organisations, and used these experiences to understand how to best support Māori learners in the workplace.
Specifically, this project aimed to answer three research questions:
1. What is distinctive about how Māori apprentices learn or approach learning in workplace settings, specifically in trades industries?
2. Are there aspects of how Māori apprentices learn or approach learning that may provide pointers to how completions can be increased?
3. How can training and career pathways be strengthened for Māori apprentices?
The overarching benefit from this project is intended to be an industry training system that is more responsive to – and therefore better serves – the needs of Māori learners. The findings suggest that the enablers and barriers to workplace-based learning for Māori trainees are multi-layered, involving a complex mix of the elements as shown in the model (Te Ako Tiketike) below 1:
Te Ako Tiketike
Two outputs are available from this project: a research report and a summary guide.
This project was launched at Tuia te Ako 2013
- Industry training organisations
- Practitioners, managers and senior managers at tertiary education organisations interested in supporting Māori learners
- Researchers interested in workplace training, and supporting Māori learners
- Jenny Conner (Contact Project Leader), Industry Training Federation
- Mara Andrews, Kāhui Tautoko Consulting Ltd
- Martin Draper, ETITO
- Loretta Garrow, Building and Construction ITO
- Te Raina Gunn, Kāhui Tautoko Consulting Ltd
- Sylvia Heywood, ETITO
- Bruce Horsley, Building and Construction ITO
- Cain Kerehoma, Kāhui Tautoko Consulting Ltd
- Verna Niao, NZ Motor Industry Training Organisation
- Caren Rangi, Kāhui Tautoko Consulting Ltd
- Carmin Young, NZ Motor Industry Training Organisation
$107,200 (excl. GST)
Kerehoma, C. (2012, April). Māori Learners in workplace settings. Paper presented at the New Zealand Vocational Education and Training Research Forum, Wellington.
Connor, J., Horsley, B., Garrow, L., Draper, M., Murray, N., & Naio, V. (2012, April). Māori Learners in workplace settings: Pathways to success. Paper presented at the Australian Vocational Education and Training Research Association, Canberra.
Conner, J., Kerehoma, C., & Niao, V. (2012, March). Māori Learners in workplace settings. Paper presented at Tuia te Ako. Wellington, New Zealand.
Connor, J. & Horsley, B. (2012, July). Māori Learners in workplace settings: Pathways to success. Paper presented at the 21st National Vocational and Educational Training Conference: No Frills. Adelaide, Australia.
Connor, et al (2011, November). Māori Learners in workplace settings: Pathways to success. Paper presented at Careers and Transition Education Association. Rotorua, New Zealand.
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.