Rotorua Library, Te Aka Mauri has responded to an increased demand for job seeking related services and resources by offering new, free community based, employment literacy programmes, designed to support and provide help for those looking for employment.
Initially there will be two streams, Whakapuāwai Tāngata: open to anyone and Whakapuāwai Wāhine: designed specifically for women.
The Whakapuāwai programmes have been put together by newly appointed Community Learning Co-ordinator, Martina Wineera. Martina has years of experience working with job seekers and running courses and has strong networks throughout the region.
The Whakapuāwai programmes are purposely designed to be adaptable to the needs of the individuals and there is also provision for one-on-one sessions, if required. Martina is excited to be offering this service to the Rotorua community and believes strongly in making a difference whether it be helping people to access job information, improve digital literacy, navigating childcare arrangements or assisting to produce a CV for a job interview. She says, "Many people already have employable skills they may not recognise as such or need help putting all the information required together in one document." She recognises that some people have emerged "battle-weary" from 2020 but she is confident her Whakapuāwai courses will inspire them to get back on track.
The Whakapuāwai programme has been funded by the New Zealand Libraries Partnership Programme which has been established by Central Government. This funding enables librarians and library services to play a key role in supporting their communities and people seeking jobs as part of the recovery from COVID-19.
For more information, contact Martina at Rotorua Library Ph. 07 348 4177 or by email: Martina.Wineera@rotorualc.nz