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New Māia video series highlights employability skills

New Māia video series highlights employability skills

Last updated 14 August 2017
Last updated 14 August 2017

The Tertiary Education Commission (TEC) has released a new series of seven videos highlighting the skills young people need to successfully connect with employers and jobs.

The Māia video series showcases rangatahi Māori behind the scenes of seven businesses from the primary industry, health, hospitality, fashion, retail, tourism and digital technology industries.

Tim Fowler, the TEC’s chief executive says he’s pleased to launch another component of the toolbox that focuses on providing job seekers with useful and relevant information that helps underpin informed careers decisions.

“The Māia video series is designed to help show young job seekers the sorts of employability skills that employers from across a diverse range of industries really value.

“There is no doubt that educational achievement, work experience and other skills like literacy and numeracy are important, but so too are things like resilience, self-management, and a positive attitude. These are the things employers tell us are key to being successful in the modern world of work."

Dr Scott Waghorn, founder of dental business Dentalcare West, who features in the video series, says before anything else in his profession you need to be a good dentist — go to dental school and graduate.

“You can be taught everything you need for a job of dentistry through tertiary education, but what we can’t teach are traits like kindness, empathy and the right attitude.

“You have to show a real passion and work really hard to stand out from the rest,” says Dr Waghorn.

Earlier this year, an Employability Skills Framework was launched by the Pathways Advisory Group (the TEC is a member of this group). The Framework is a resource that describes the employability skills most commonly identified by New Zealand employers for all young people to be work ready. These skills are highlighted in the Māia videos.

“We hope as many young people, and their parents, whanau, teachers and influencers as possible take the opportunity to watch these videos and think about how they can develop and demonstrate these skills. If these skills can help connect you to a job, it seems pretty sensible to really take a closer look,” says Tim Fowler.

The Māia videos can be viewed at and on the Careers NZ Facebook page.

You can read the Associate Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment's media release on the Beehive website. 

The TEC appreciates the support of these Māori businesses in the development of the Māia video series: Moana Fisheries, Frontside Media and Dental Care West in Auckland, Hapi Café and Aroha and Friends in Napier and Whanganui River Tours and Local & Loyal in Whanganui.