Letter from the President, March 2018
It is my pleasure to communicate with you as your new president. I would like to tell you a little about myself. Originally a Geography teacher, I have taught in Taranaki for over 20 years as well as stints in Christchurch, Hamilton, London, Bristol and Japan. I entered the wonderful world of Careers as I saw the great impact Gateway had on young people. I have served as the Exec member and secretary for Taranaki since 2012. I am General Manager of Education to Employment organisation, Taranaki Futures. I have three children and I enjoy brewing, music, travel and cooking.
We have often received feedback that the membership would like to hear more directly from CATE executive. Past presidents have wanted to do this but they have been limited by ever-shifting email databases and other barriers. Now that we have a CATE Aoteaora Facebook page and good website control, we are going to try via these methods. I intend to write to you after each Exec meeting. These occur in March, June, September and November at conference.
Speaking of conference, the Exec has voted against a conference scholarship for 2018. The scholarship is only offered if there is enough conference profit to do so and this was not the case in Invercargill. While it was a brilliant event, you will appreciate that the location was a challenge for some and this lowered income from delegates and exhibitors. Final accounts are still being processed and if there is a conference profit, this will be accrued and tagged for scholarships in 2019.
Exec members agreed to maintain a strong relationship with CDANZ. There is an existing MoU which will be revisited as both organisations have new presidents. It makes sense that we are united around our key sector goals. Remembering of course that CATE members are able to join CDANZ as well.
When I became president I surveyed Exec members as to what they would like to action over the next three years. There were two unanimous responses. The first was to have a letter to members like this and the second was to hear from Minister of Education, Chris Hipkins. I have sent the invitation to his office but he has so far been unavailable. I will keep working on this as Exec agreed that it is vital that CATE has a strong voice in the changes that the new government is bringing to the education to employment landscape.
Exec also agreed to introduce a theme for us to work on for each of the next three years. This year’s theme will be strategic planning. We enjoyed an interesting korero from Pam Murray (Manawatu/Whanganui/Horowhenua) and Lynn Gillespie (Waiariki) who told us how the organisation had developed since the early beginnings of CATE in the mid-1980’s. Now that we know where we have come from, we need to decide where we are going to and this will form the basis of strategic planning for the next three years. Part of the research uncovered our incorporation in November 1996. This makes us just over 21 years old so we celebrated with a cake and our two longest serving members Jane Thomas (past president, Waikato) and Pam Murray did the honours.
I met with Christine Hayden from Careers NZ on Tuesday 13 March. She has provided this statement for you:
The Tertiary Education Commission (TEC) is preparing for the future as our world of work is rapidly evolving and so are the learning needs of our young people. To support the learning and career pathways of New Zealanders, the TEC is creating an integrated business model that fully combines the functions of both the previous Careers New Zealand and the TEC.
While we do this we will continue to work alongside CATE members to strengthen career development programme and services in schools until 31 December 2018.
During this period we will continue work with you by optimising technology to support effective career development practice as we begin to consolidate TEC’s regional offices to the main centres of Whangarei, Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch.
This means we will be looking to engage with you both online and in person.
You can read more about our changes here:
We look forward to our on-going relationship.
We have decided to move to a [email protected] email format. As well as being a more professional look, this simplifies changeovers between regional representatives and other office holders. Not all regions have adopted this which is fine by me. Over time, the change will happen. A full list of regional contacts is available here.
Our new Facebook page is an easy way to keep up with news and events relevant to our sector. Make sure you like the page and spread the word.
I look forward to working with you over the next three years.