Smart Waikato’s Secondary School Employer Partnerships (SSEP) is about connecting young people, educators, and employers, generating transformative results for communities. Employers from a range of sectors interconnect with school faculties contextualising learning for Years 9 and 10, introducing them to a wide range of careers.
SSEP has been developed by Smart Waikato over the last four years, beginning with a global literature search in 2015, a pilot of five schools in 2016, which grew to 12 schools in 2017. Now 22 schools (including rural, city, coast, and full-immersion Māori schools), 110 teachers and 140 employers are involved. Resultz Group has been involved with SSEP since the beginning working with Huntly College, Fraser High School, and Ngaruawahia High School.
SSEP sees a range of employer partners working alongside teachers and students to create classroom and workplace activities that link curriculum to the world of work. By creating stronger connections between education and industry, the goal of Secondary School Employer Partnerships (SSEP) is to improve student retention, achievement and education-to-employment transitions.
“SSEP is, in its nature collaborative and a shining example of how working together can effect positive change, strengthen the future of our youth and ultimately our region,” says SSEP project manager Linda Nelson Caie.
“The success of SSEP would not be possible without the support of our funders and commitment of our amazing teachers and employers. By working together, these school and employer partners have created some incredible learning opportunities for our rangatahi that are opening their eyes to the world and real career possibilities around them.”
Recent results show having businesspeople in the classroom and going out to workplaces has made 75 per cent of students more interested in the subject area. They also say it has influenced their future subject choices. It has helped 79 per cent of students to understand why they are studying the subject at school, helped 78 per cent think about their future career, and increased the likelihood of 62 per cent of students staying in the region when they leave school (2017 survey of 544 SSEP students).
Resultz Group are proud of our association with Smart Waikato’s SSEP program and look forward to the continuation of this positive community partnership