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Working & Achieving Together Programme + Leadership NZ

Leadership NZ is delighted to be partnering with the Working & Achieving Together Programme (Programme W&AT) to design and deliver a professional mentoring programme.

Programme W&AT is a health work force collaboration between the three northern District Health Boards (DHBs) of Auckland, Waitemata and Counties Manukau. It is a strategic initiative to pathway Pacifica students into the health workforce.

There is a need to increase the Pacifica health workforce, in particular to the Auckland region.  This initiative is to assist students to be more 'employment ready' for the DHBs and also PHOs and to be strongly considered for employment in the near future. Providing further support for final year Pacifica Health Students is a major focus of Programme W&AT. An important part of this support is 1:1 mentoring for the students, specifically targeting final year Pacifica Health Students from AUT University, University of Auckland, Manukau Institute of Technology, Massey University and Unitec. Students have been matched with a suitable health or business professional for mentoring and support. The mentors are providing their time on a voluntary basis. Mentors come from a wide range of networks including Leadership NZ’s alumni.

The mentoring programme formally kicked off in early May with two evening workshops. Around 40 Students and their mentors met up and began their journey together as well as broadening their own networks and connections. The workshops were facilitated by Leadership NZ CEO, Sina Wendt-Moore and Network Connector, Judy Whiteman and a variety of activities and tools kept everyone busy!

Each student and their mentor will meet regularly through until November and in between the wider group will come back together again for workshops in July and September.