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Catching up with Mikael

Mikael picWelding graduate, Mikael Taylor found that school wasn't working for him, so he decided to make a career out of welding. He has successfully completed the National Certificate in Welding (Level 3) course.

Recently, we had the chance to catch up with him and ask a few questions.

Why did you choose future skills?

I was looking to leave school as I wasn’t doing very well and that's when my dad saw an ad in the local newspaper. I had a look at the course options and welding caught my eye. I had been doing a bit of welding here and there so I thought I’d choose that as a career. Read more...

 

The sky’s the limit for Jacinta

Jacinta2My journey of studying Mental Health and Addiction at Future Skills in Manukau has been an exciting and welcoming experience.

As someone who is introverted and prefers self-learning, I took a chance to learn in a class environment. The class itself is a family orientated surrounding which was just perfect for me. The support of my tutor and staff at Future Skills has been overwhelmingly caring and friendly. 
I have developed self-confidence, communication skills, and interaction skills with others during this course. The support of my classmates has given me confidence to have self-assertiveness and a self-reliance approach to my surroundings.
As a visually impaired learner, the support of my tutor, other staff and students has enabled me to achieve my qualification.  Everything I needed was provided in terms of building accessibility and electronically available reading materials and assessments. Read more...

Get Ahead in English and Maths with Future Skills

Isabelle3Are you interested in improving your English and Maths skills?

Future Skills offers a FREE reading, writing and maths programmes for adult learners.
Student Isabelle Vai who has recently completed the Numeracy and Literacy course at Future Skills shares her experience doing the course.
Studying at Future Skills has given her the flexibility to balance her life between study and looking after her children and parents.  She has now gone on to study the Health, Disability and Aged Care Level 2 programme. Read more...

 

 

Wendy's Story

IMG 7169 Edited5Recently, we caught up with Wendy who is about to finish her National Certificate in Mental Health & Addiction Support at Future Skills. She shares her story with us.

‘This year I made a decision to follow a career in supporting people who experience mental health issues. I have always had a passion for helping others and knew achieving a certificate in study would further my employment opportunities. 
After researching my options online of where to study and what I could afford, I decided on Future Skills in Wiri, Manukau.
The application process was simple and before I knew it I was attending my first class. I am now well on my way to achieving a National Certificate in ‘Mental Health and Addiction Support Level 4.
I am a middle-aged adult and have found the introduction and pathway back into study both casual and rewarding. I feel this is emphasised by having such an approachable tutor.  Read more...

 

A love for helping others

IMG 7219editedReturning to study as an adult student was a huge undertaking for Antonielle who is a mother of four kids.

However, her passion for helping others and making a difference in the community has helped her find the balance. She recently shared her story with us.
“Kia ora my name is Antonielle Wallace. I am a mother of four but a parent of five. My lifestyle since becoming a mother has always been about the love and support of my family and the work that I do as a Youth worker.
I have always had an urge to support others and to upskill and better understand the work I that do for the future of our young people. As a Youth worker I have taken this opportunity to reach beyond what I have already achieved and set new goals and new heights for myself.
I am now a student once again after nearly 3 years of being a Kiwi Can Leader and delivering lessons of life values to 5 -12 year olds in in primary and intermediate schools. This was a great opportunity to see our young ones in their element. I have also continued to work with an amazing organisation Youthtown, who have played a huge part in my life and the future that I am working towards to become a Youth Counsellor in Addictions. Read more...