The Open Classroom initiative is in collaboration with the Ministry of Education and was created as an alternative form of education for at-risk youth. It’s a place filled with visions of connecting with their whakapapa and using that to connect with their mentors, different areas of construction, and our community projects to create pathways into employment. Our youth are made up of various cultures and genders. The March cohort saw an increase in females engaging in the classroom, making up 60% of the cohort. April and May saw an increase in referrals from Oranga Tamariki, Genesis Youth, and other youth program advocates. We measure our success through our people, and a big part of that is ensuring we are also equally considering our youth.
Our success, our achievements, and our visions are all done purely for our futures. Therefore what better way to fulfill and work on those visions than to involve the younger generation in them through our introduced initiative ‘Open Classroom’. Thanks to our open classroom division, we can track the progress through collaboration with our youth on what they want to see in their future. We understand the crucial part our youth have for the future. When we start seeing that they understand the importance of valuing reusable material not only for its environmental value but for what it does for our communities. It’s an opportunity for our youth to start thinking innovatively sooner rather than later, preparing them and setting them up to become future change-makers.
The open classroom was relocated from Ranui, West Auckland to Glen Innes, East Auckland where our Tamaki regeneration projects are based. This allowed our classroom more hands-on experience with more onsite visits, more resources available to build more projects in our classroom, more interaction and visibility of our site staff that work on the sites, and less traveling for our rangatahi as Glen Innes is very central to where the young learners are staying. Here is some of our Open-Classroom progress in March 2022:
TROW GROUP X TAMAKI COLLEGE
We look forward to attending more expos all over Aotearoa and helping other Pasifika and Māori students gain skills to aid their careers within the Construction and Trades industry.
“I had a great time. I am Thankful for this program and thankful to everyone for being patient with me, It means a lot”
– Open Classroom Student
Open Classroom Demographic
How Does Open Classroom Create Impact For Our Youth?
How Do You Engage Your Staff?
What Is Incorporated Into Your Work Readiness Module To Aid Their Chances Of Employment?
- Interview skills
- Dress for success
- CV introductions/updates
- Social Media usage
- What employers look for in employees
- Budgeting skills