Work NZ

Status: Established 2006

 Need
Existing charitable or governmental funded support services for young mothers provide little education or support to get teenage mothers back into education, employment or into business.

Objective
To help young benefit-dependent teenage mothers acquire the knowledge, skills and confidence to get a job or seek higher education.

Project Description
The Work NZ project was established in 2006 by SIFE AUT; creating workshops for the women at Eden Campus, and more recently; the Bethany Centre. This semester there were three workshops carried out with Bethany Centre. The workshops generally include topics such as:

  • CV writing
  • Interview skills
  • Budgeting
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Personal presentation
  • Ethical practices

Topics are covered by expert speakers in each field from organisations such as Career Services NZ  and SIFE AUT alumni.

Impact
As a result of a workshop held last year at Eden Campus; seven of the ten teenage mothers have applied for higher education as well as an increase of 57% in their understanding of acting ethically.

Each semester there is continuous feedback of the mother’s gain in confidence and an increase in motivation in building a better future for themselves and their children post-workshops.The Work NZ team have benefitted themselves from this project; building friendships and having a great sense of pride and inner fulfilment from the change made to these lives.

Sustainability
There is a successful handover of documents and contacts to both centres to future Work NZ groups.