CEDA is working with the Ministry of Education (MoE) on two projects, Education Enterprise Tours and the Accelerate Academy; Health and Social Services Sector.

MoE and CEDA are working alongside the Manawatū Business Chamber, Feilding & District Promotion and UCOL to co-create the Education Enterprise Tour Event. This will be a multi-day regional event for school staff – School Leaders (Principals and DPs), Pastoral and Curriculum leadership teams and deans, and teachers/support staff. The tours are being co-funded by the MoE and CEDA.

The opportunity will connect educators with Manawatū and district enterprises, developing relationships and knowledge to gain understanding of the skills and talent needs of the current and future workforce. Tours will visit different business and industry sites, visiting a range of enterprises to showcase sectors such as construction, roading, agriculture, iwi business opportunities, manufacturing, distribution, technology, communication and design. The aim is to show the range of pathways available to students and open eyes of educators to how they have a part to play in workplace skill development and in growing conversations at school regarding pathway and work opportunities.

Building on from school-based, tertiary and local-business career experience days, the Accelerate Academy for the Health and Social Services Sector is a 10-week experience for Māori secondary school students with the overarching goal of growing a sustainable Māori workforce through early exposure to the Healthcare sector within the MidCentral Region. Learners will get in front of a variety of employers and staff to learn more about the health sector and the career opportunities, they will build understanding of pathways and transitions into a variety of careers and will strengthen their knowledge on work readiness for this sector. This pilot project is being co-funded by MoE, MidCentral DHB and CEDA, who will partner with iwi in the co-design.

Tour dates coming soon. If you have any questions, please contact Jon Bowen, Principal Adviser – Secondary Transitions.