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Mentors for Working & Achieving Together Programme

The Working & Achieving Together Programme (Programme W&AT) is a health workforce 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 strong considered for employment in the near future.

An important part of Programme W&AT is 1:1 mentoring for Pacifica students, specifically targeting final year Pacifica Health Students from AUT University, University of Auckland, Manukau Institute of Technology, Massey University and Unitec. 

Programme W&AT is again partnering with Leadership NZ for the design and delivery of the Professional Mentoring Programme. 2017 is the second year of the Programme.

A key part of the initiative is a 1:1 Professional Mentoring Programme focused on supporting the transition to the workplace. Students who register for the 1:1 Professional Mentoring Programme will be matched with a suitable health or business professional for mentoring and support. The Mentors will provide their time on a voluntary basis. Mentors and Students (Mentees) will be gender matched. (Mentors are being sought from a range of valuable networks including the Leadership NZ Alumni.)

The mentoring programme focuses on the development of 'soft skills', building the students' confidence and prepares the students for the workforce covering topics such as: relationship management and networking with peers / managers / clients / stakeholders, leadership in the workplace, emotional and cultural intelligence, building capability and skills in order to influence. The desired outcomes are that the student will be work-ready, be able to confidently complete for jobs and overall 'stand tall'.

Please read the attached Information Pack which includes all the details, however the information is as follows.

  1. Commitment until the end of November;
  2. Attendance at a student & mentor match-up session ("speed-dating") - 18, 19 or 20 April (6pm - 9pm);
  3. Attendance at an establishment workshop (i.e. setting the scene, understanding the programme, students & mentors agreeing commitments for the year, etc) - 16, 17 or 23 May (5.30pm - 8.30pm);
  4. Regular (monthly) meetings and contact with the student (your mentee) - minimum of 6 face to face meetings from May - November;
  5. Attendance at a connection workshop (i.e. checking in, keeping connected, communications skills activity, etc) - 15, 16 or 22 August (5.30pm - 8.30pm); and,
  6. Attendance at a final workshop (wrap up and celebration) - 29 November (6pm - 9pm).

The locations of the workshops will vary across Auckland and will be finalised once the Students and Mentors have been identified / matched.

The aim for 2017 is to have a maximum of students requiring mentors. Due to the possibility of a large group the workshops will be run two or three times to allow for smaller groups. (Workshops will be allocated as part of the Mentor matching process).

Action Required

If you have any questions or require further information, please contact Junior Sonny Samuela.

Please feel free to share this opportunity with people in your network who you think would be interested.