Skills Active recognises organisations digging deep to grow skills in their industry

October 23, 2020

Richmond Scout Group and Makahika Outdoor Pursuits Centre in Levin are the recipients of the 2020 Skills Active Aotearoa Volunteer and Small Business scholarships, respectively.

Skills Active, the transitional industry training organisation for recreation, exercise, sport and performing arts, gives out scholarships each year to support workplaces in these sectors that are achieving great things and using industry training as part of their efforts.

Changing Covid-19 Alert Level restrictions have significantly impacted the market for outdoor recreation in 2020. Nonetheless, Makahika Outdoor Pursuits Centre is planning for a brighter future, and has supported four staff members to complete the New Zealand Certificate in Outdoor Leadership Level 4 (High Ropes).

Makahika has received the Small Business scholarship, which recognises small employers that demonstrate a commitment to enriching the knowledge and skills of their staff. The scholarship comes with a trophy and a $1500 grant towards future Skills Active enrolments for the organisation.

(Makahika director Sally Duxfield is pictured above left, receiving her scholarship from her Skills Active learning support advisor Angie Gooch.)

2010 Richmond Scouts

Meanwhile, the Volunteer Development Scholarship went to the Richmond Scout Group and its leader Daryl Newton. The group is pictured above with Daryl centre left, holding a white helmet.

This group is putting 12 of its scout leaders through the New Zealand Certificate in Outdoor Leadership Level 4 (Abseiling). These leaders will be able to safely and confidently get more Richmond kids involved in the outdoors, through Scouts.

The scholarship comes with a trophy and a $500 grant towards future enrolments.

“Our outdoors qualifications are designed by and for professionals working in the New Zealand landscape,” says Skills Active chief operating officer Maren Frerichs.

“Having a qualified workforce to look after us is more important than ever, at a time when we are all looking to stay local, and focus on enjoying the stunning natural environment that we’re so lucky to have here,” Ms Frerichs says.

“Without a doubt, the outdoor recreation industry, closely interlinked with tourism, has been hit hard by the Covid-19 pandemic this year.

“But when the going gets tough, the tough just keep on going, and we are honoured to be able to recognise the amazing work that they continue to do – creating fun, safe and life-enhancing experiences for people in the great Kiwi outdoors.”

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Media contact for Skills Active

Esther McLaren

esther@skillsactive.org.nz

021 195 5127

About Skills Active

Skills Active Aotearoa is the transitional industry training organisation for recreation, exercise, sport and performing arts. We are a non-profit organisation, 50% owned by Māori shareholders, and funded by government to promote careers and workforce development in our industries, work with those industries to create world-class qualifications, and support workplaces to train staff.