Shifting course leads to success
'They just picked me up off the street'JARED SMITH
Taking a training course on the road is helping revive reading, writing and numeracy skills in Patea.
A recent partnership between NZQA accredited Land Based Training (LBT) and the Patea Youth Trust has seen an entire 14-person group pass the intensive literacy and numeracy course.
The courses are usually held in Hawera, however LBT spokeswoman Lei Graham said the regular travel and costs for Patea beneficiaries was proving too much.
They did not want to see young women always having to hitch-hike between towns just to take part, she said.
LBT staff were told by members of the youth trust that young people were coming down to talk to whanau members and let them know they needed help, but it had to be held in their home town.
The 14 students, aged from 18 to 40, all started and completed the course at the Patea Youth Hall.
"They just picked me up off the street because I was unemployed at the time," Wateme Davis, 23, said. "It's reviving the town, trying to get something back here anyway."
Shiran Maruera Te Awhe, 18, said the course was very important to the town.
"It brings the community together, helps everyone learn with everyone you know.
"It's easier doing it with people you know."
The course is connected to the Tertiary Education Commission.
The ceremony for the graduates was held in Patea last week.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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