In March a new group of boys from Tauranga Boys College begun our Life Skills Programme: the innovative training and mentoring programme for students who excel in an out-of-classroom learning environment.
We offer them experience in the Good Neighbour kitchen, as well as training in soft skills related to employment. Doing practical tasks in and out of the kitchen, such as meal preparation, but also building a garden bed, making espresso coffee and gaining experience of how to operate a forklift.
In the past few weeks the boys have been on the forklift several times, trying to nail their skills. With over 100 jobs in the Bay of Plenty requiring a forklift license, we’re giving these students a pathway into a well-paid career. We know of three former students who have or are working in this area now.
All the work we do with the students wouldn’t be possible without the support of our main programme sponsor The Wright Family Foundation, who we’re incredibly grateful to.
If you’re keen to learn more about The Life Skills Programme, please check out this presentation.