Be. Employed Industry Training Day

Several tables of people listening to a presenter at the Be. Employed Industry training dayThe latest Be. Employed pilot with Microsoft and the Industry Partnerships team at MSD, is underway and we have a fantastic selection of candidates from Wellington and Auckland.

This is an outstanding group with an enormous diversity of areas of interest, tertiary and work experience. But what they all have in common is a real desire to be in meaningful employment, and for the value that they bring to be recognised.

This is a massive, untapped talent pool of people who already have the skills that workplaces in the 21st century need- and leading employers are recognizing this. Research shows that access citizens have to be creative to adapt to the world around them, developing skills such as problem-solving, agility, persistence, forethought and a willingness to experiment—all of which are essential for innovation and the 21st century workplace*.

Research also confirms that despite this experience and valuable skillset, what this group may not have is great workplace experience or confidence. The unique component of our programme is the upfront investment in the candidate, and this month all 30 candidates were invited to attend a day long Industry training day in Auckland. (Wellington candidates were flown to Auckland). It was wonderful to have so many talented people in the room together.

The training day included professional development sessions aimed at strengthening self-awareness, confidence and preparedness for the workplace, and a session with senior Microsoft professionals who focused on skills for the future, the power of a mentor relationship and technical skills must-haves. We’ve had feedback from several candidates who attended the industry training day all of whom identified sessions that were useful to them. Many wished it could have been longer!

Several Microsoft staff members have put their hands up to be a mentor for one of the candidates, joining other professionals who are wishing to offer their mentor services to the group.

The group will now continue to have one on one coaching from the Be Employed team, preparing them for job applications and interviews.

Employers – if you haven’t already contacted us with great job opportunities – don’t miss out! Get in quickly to access this pool of talented candidates who have the skills and attitudes 21st century workplaces need.

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