Janet Te Rore has been instrumental in the establishment of a new education opportunity for Dargaville youth

Creative media careers launched

by Andy Bryenton

2020 sees the beginning of a new relationship between Te Roroa Learning Assistance, Development Charitable Trust and Te Taitokerau Trades Academy.

Janet Te Rore, manager of the trust’s operations, first approached the Ministry of Education in 2018 to discuss how the trust could provide digital media programmes to people within the Kaipara, as she had identified the increasing need in the workforce for high-quality, innovative designers.

Denise Jelicich, manager of the Trades Academy, says this is an important step towards providing vocational training in the Kaipara District.

“This academy gives students in Years 12–13 the opportunity to begin their journey towards a meaningful career while they are still attending school.

We are very excited to be partnering with this trust to assist them in their journey.”

The importance of helping prospective future professionals start early in their chosen fields has brought a new focus on vocational specialisation within school curriculums. One local example is the Dargaville High School building academy, where young tradespeople can hone their skills, building real houses under the tutelage of industry-experienced staff.

To provide the Digital Creative Media programme, which combines a range of skills, techniques, software and practical learning, Te Roroa Learning Assistance and Development Charitable Trust have teamed up with Yoobee Colleges to deliver the programme.

Students interested in becoming a part of Trades Academy should contact their careers adviser, who can put them in touch with Mrs Jelicich to learn more.