Health Big Day Out – informing the next generation of health professionals

Health Big Day Out – informing the next generation of health professionals

Tuesday 17 October

October 2017 School students currently studying Health through the Dual Pathways programme at NZMA’s Manukau campus, were given an insight into working in the sector with visits from Spectrum Care, Te Pou o te Whakaaro Nui (Te Pou) and the Tertiary Education Commission (TEC).

This is the first time Dual Pathways has been offered to schools in 2017. Currently NZMA has approximately 100 students from the four high schools mentioned below enrolled in the Dual Pathways programme studying health.  Each week the students attend NZMA Manukau and Auckland campuses to study their course, either one day or two days per week. The programmes that students are engaged in at Levels 2 and Level 3 contribute to a New Zealand Certificate in Health and Wellbeing (Level 2) and (Level 3) respectively.


The students from Aorere College, Southern Cross Campus, Auckland Girls' Grammar and Alfriston College, enjoyed interactive and fun sessions which highlighted the fulfilling career paths on offer in Health.


Ali is a student in Year 13 at Alfriston College, and studies two days a week at NZMA.  He said he felt his understanding of community health issues were definitely broadened after hearing the presentations.


He added, “It’s only when you meet people working in the sector that you realise how big it is, and the different paths your career can take.  The presenters here today were really informative and approachable, and I feel more aware now.”


Monique Le Marque, NZMA Regional Manager, Trades, Business Development and Special Projects, believes these industry days are crucial for students to understand the working environment. This is front line information that students are hearing first-hand about careers, life experiences, quality support and career pathways. We strongly believe in placing students in the right careers, and with our dedicated Careers team, we can advise which pathways are available to the right people.”


The Industry Big Day Out is a national initiative connecting employers, industry and educators to provide students with an insight into the real world of work and the range of pathways available within key industry sectors.


Tertiary Education Commission (TEC) chief executive Tim Fowler, says employer to education initiatives like Industry Big Day Outs gives students an opportunity to go into a real workplace setting to meet the people and understand the skills required to work in the sector.


The health and disability sector is growing at a rapid pace and there’s huge variety in the careers on offer. The TEC recognises the importance of supporting worker demand by funding health, disability and social services apprenticeships.”


About NZMA


We teach real skills for today’s professions.  Across seven campuses nationwide we deliver employment-focused vocational training to 3500 students each year in the fields of hospitality, cookery, business, retail, contact centre, trades, sports, early childhood education and health.


For more information or 0800 222 116

About Spectrum Care

Spectrum Care is a charitable trust supporting children, young people and adults with disabilities to help them live great lives. 

Our person-centered support focuses on individual needs to help people achieve their life objectives. We aim to empower people with disabilities to live the lives of their choice like anyone else in the community.


We offer many services, including 24-hour support in residential homes; respite care; home support; school holiday programmes, and transition support for school leavers.


Learn more about Spectrum Care here:


About Te Pou (Te Pou o te Whakaaro Nui)


Te Pou o te Whakaaro Nui is a national centre of evidence-based workforce development for the mental health, addiction and disability sectors in New Zealand. We’re funded by the Ministry of Health.


We work with a range of organisations and people, including service providers (DHBs and NGOs), training and education providers, researchers and international experts, to develop a workforce that provides the highest quality of services so people can lead good lives.


Disability services, disabled people and whanau can access information, tools and support from Te Pou, including grants to support training and leadership development opportunities.


Learn more about Te Pou here: