Careers displayed in ‘awesome’ coach

Friday 7 Aug 2020

The purpose-built, 13.5 metre Careers Coach was in Gisborne, New Zealand last week as part of a 20-week nationwide roadshow designed to give school students exposure to a wide range of careers.

The coach is fitted with 26 kiosks where students can view a number of videos showing a range of careers covering six main categories — primary, construction and infrastructure, services, social and community, creative and manufacturing and technology.

The bus is owned and run by Peter and Donna Doake of InZone and sponsored by the Forest Growers Levy Trust, The New Zealand Defence Force and Primary ITO. “We are delighted with forestry sponsorship and the opportunity to carry the forestry messages into schools,” said Peter Doake.

“It's a fit with our views on the benefits of forestry to New Zealand and our long experience with what works, to communicate to Generation Z.” But much more than just forestry is on show in the videos, with students able to look into many possible careers.

“By logging in with their mobile phones, if a student comes across a career pathway that particularly interests them, they can ask for more information by clicking on it and a link will be sent to them,” said Donna Doake. “They can watch videos of their choice and it's great when something they had never thought about before sparks their interest.”

Mr Doake said it was fantastic to have Weatherell Transport support them at their school visits in the region with staff and an “awesome” truck for the students to look through. “They have also kindly sponsored three schools to have a careers kiosk in their libraries so the students can utilise them at any time during the year.”

It is the first time the Inzone Careers Coach has visited an intermediate school and the Doakes said they found the students were extremely focused and interested.

Photo: Rebecca Grunwell. Adrian Bruce from Weatherell Transport watches a video with Liam Tuari which features all of the different career options available at the transport company.

Source: gisborneherald

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