Apiata oversees volunteers' graduation

Willie Apiata oversees ceremony

CHARLES ANDERSON
Last updated 18:00 03/05/2014

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The latest graduates of the Limited Service Volunteer programme marched out in front of friends, family and Victoria Cross winner Willie Apiata at Burnham Military Camp today.

The LSV programme is run by the New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) on behalf of Work and Income and is funded by the Ministry of Social Development.

It is a 6-week residential course providing life skills to unemployed young people between the ages of 17-25. Trainees have little free time during the six week course where they undergo a programme of intensive lectures, workshops and physical activities designed to develop core values of respect, team work and trust to boost their self confidence and self esteem, said Major Ian Lattimore.

He said LSV activities were geared at assisting those on the course to confidently and skilfully enter the work force and to arm them with life skills for the future. Major Lattimore, said noticeable changes could be seen in most of the volunteers by the end of the programme. 

"They have learned to work with others and to push themselves beyond what they thought they could do prior to arriving here."

He said graduates would feel like they could compete in a tight job market, and also having the strength to deal with issues in their lives and contribute to society.

"It is now up to employers, family and friends to give them that chance to contribute and support them in leading positive productive lives," Major Lattimore said.

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