Topic: Youth

Students offered a second chance at education

By Mere McLean
  • Waikato/Bay of Plenty

A one-year programme being offered in Rotorua under the Te Arawa Lakes Trust is helping build the confidence and passion of youth who have dropped out of school and left without any qualifications.

Peter Morrison, the head tutor at the Employment and Training Unit centre has been helping youth for the last 12 years.

He travels from Taupō to Rotorua each day and says, “First of all, we are here to get their education right, build up their confidence, work on their self-esteem and get them ready for the next step in life.”

Currently, the unit has 18 students who are aged between 16 and 18 years.

Recently, Bay Trust provided funding to the programme to support the students' needs in regards to literacy and numeracy.  An extra tutor has been hired in the unit who works with the students daily.

Morrison, who runs the automotive qualification, loves the fact that they have an alternative approach to education, which means a lot of one-on-one time with the students.

Picking up those students who have fallen through the cracks of mainstream education is not a straight forward job.  The majority of the students who enter the programme originate from broken families and have drug and alcohol influences around them.

Te Arawa Lakes Trust believes everyone deserves a second chance in life and Trust's Private Training Establishment hope to help those who have taken up the challenge.