Read about the achievements of our students, past and present. Future Skills students are of all ages, and come from a range of backgrounds – showing you that anything is possible!
Emila De Silva, Intensive Literacy and Numeracy student
I came from Samoa in January 2011 and joined the Intensive Literacy and Numeracy programme. I was a shy boy who could not speak or read or write English . And not so good in Maths too.
My tutor helped me so much She would stay after school and teach me to read write and would always encourage me to speak .I came out of my shyness and stated enjoying the lesson .I had to walk from Takanini to Manukau up and down – but I was happy and always looking forward to the class as they were full of joy. My tutor was very patent and kind..First I got job at Ware house. Now I am working at Fisher and Pykel at the health Unit .I earn well and I even brought my mother and sister here .
I am very grateful to my tutor and Future skills for making my life successful .I WILL always remember what my tutor told me once –Education is power. Education liberates you from all burden Thank you Future skills
Johnson Hiko, Carpentry and Construction student
Johnson Hiko finished school without credits because his family couldn’t spare the money for his NCEA exams. That was three years ago. Fast forward to Future Skills. Today, the 20-year old is volunteering as an assistant tutor at the Manukau-based training academy and finishing his Level 3 carpentry qualification at Manukau Institute of Technology. How did that come about?
In 2014 the Papakura resident joined the NCEA Level 2 Carpentry & Construction programme at Future Skills. The fact that the course has no fees and that students receive a travel allowance – were factors that encouraged him to go back to study.ily couldn’t spare the money for his NCEA exams. That was three years ago. Fast forward to Future Skills. Today, the 20-year old is volunteering as an assistant tutor at the Manukau-based training academy and finishing his Level 3 carpentry qualification at Manukau Institute of Technology. How did that come about?
But more importantly, Johnson found a supportive environment that helped him settle down and focus. “There are many students lacking a male role model at home, and they are well looked after by our tutors who are like a friend or mentor,” he says. “No matter what your issues are, they are with you.”
The course is practical in nature so it will appeal to a lot of students who are not motivated in a conventional school environment. The programme has equipped Johnson with the right set of foundation skills sought by the building industry and enabled him to be successful in higher level study. In the Future Skills programme, students use hand tools, power tools and machinery, to build bbq furniture, their own saw horse, fences, and decks, and of course health and safety underpins the learning.
Johnson has been accepted for the Level 4 carpentry course at MIT which he will start in February. But coming back to Future Skills as a volunteer assistant tutor and youth mentor, he says “This tops everything. My mother, who passed away, would have been proud.”
Johnson is giving back in his own way. “He comes in to encourage new students to hang in there and work on their future,” says Future Skills tutor Jeremaia Fokelau. “Our students are inspired by his success story.” Clearly, a second chance can make all the difference.
Paula Lomu, Bridging to the Armed Forces student
20 year old Paula Lomu graduated from the Future Skills Bridging to Armed Forces course as the top student. The strapping young man has been accepted as a rifileman in the New Zealand Army.
‘‘I never liked school, but always wanted to join the army,’’ says Paula. ‘‘I got a lifeline when my former school recommended that I contact Future Skills Bridging to the Armed Forces.|
The 28-week course prepares graduates to enter the armed forces by providing a core of English and maths, a range of group and interpersonal skills, besides physical fitness. It also covers knowledge of public services, health and safety and workplace fire response skills.
‘‘More than anything else the course taught me discipline,’’ he says. ‘‘The intense physical training combined with the math and English classes, gave me a sense of achievement and boosted my confidence.’’
Paula says his tutor, Parveen Kaur, is like a teacher, friend and mum rolled into one. ‘‘She helps me out with all sorts of issues, including personal ones,’’ he explains.
Parveen, who has considerable teaching experience, says Paula is a transformed young man who is ready to take on what life -- and the army -- can throw at him.Paula not only completed the course this year but went on to complete the six week LSV (Limited Services Volunteer) Programme which prepares armed forces applicants with training.
He was the top student of his LSV intake. A fact recognised by the armed forces and the police at the ceremony.
Paula was awarded 3 awards from the armed forces at the graduation: The Officer commanding award recognises that he has the skills and abilities to enter any of the New Zealand armed forces, The New Zealand Police award recognises that he has the ability to join the police if he desires.
Paula also received the Platoon Top Student award.
Parveen says, “The combination of a positive class environment, teaching strategies and Paula’s positive attitude created the climate for transformation”.“He had the right attitude through training, very open minded, motivated and simply put he was a model student”. She says.