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Last year, Careerforce | Te Pūkenga collaborated with Ako Aotearoa to host a series of workshops for our kaimahi (staff), to learn more about Pacific cultures and values.

Ako Aotearoa is a government-funded organisation supporting tertiary educators and organisations to enable the best possible educational outcomes for all learners. In 2022, they designed their ‘Introduction to the Pacific Cultural Centredness Pathway’ workshops to align with our Pacific Workforce Development Strategy: Ala Moni ‘The True Pathway’.

Careerforce | Te Pūkenga Pacific Lead, Laloifi Ripley said, “We have a strategic plan as an organisation but incorporating the Ala Moni strategic plan just enables our kaimahi to understand better our engagement with Pacific people.”

Over 170 kaimahi across all departments participated in the interactive online workshops to gain a deeper understanding of the Pacific learners we support, and how we can better serve their needs. Everyone from Workplace Advisors to the Information Systems team gained new knowledge from the course.

“Product teams are also thinking about what our resources look like for our Pacific people, and ensuring that our Pacific people can see themselves within our learning material,” Laloifi said.

Careerforce Apprenticeship Advisor, Jemma Low, really enjoyed the experience with Ako Aotearoa: “It was really insightful, and I got lots of useful tools out of it. It inspired a journey [for me] to engage more with the Pacific team because I felt more confident.”

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