Ella’s brush with success

Student painting house

Ella Gerrard knew she wanted to do something ‘‘hands on’’ for work, but didn’t know what.

Previously unemployed, 18-year-old Ella joined the Graeme Dingle Foundation’s ‘Career Navigator Community’ course to help her find her way. A pilot programme for New Zealand, Career Navigator Community is a free course for 16 –25-year-olds, living in Marlborough, not in work or training –
but keen to be.

Coordinator Rachel Rodger says: ‘‘We were delighted to help Ella find her career path. ‘‘We were able to help her develop a clearer sense of who she is and what would suit her best, create an effective CV and cover letter – and together explored new options she hadn’t considered before. A really key part of the process was helping connect Ella with people and opportunities in the region.’

Ella gained valuable connections and experience with several firms, including engineering and construction. She also took part in an interview during the course – which ultimately led to an offer of a permanent, full-time role. Daniel Francis (Smith & Sons Marlborough) says: ‘‘As a Graeme Dingle Foundation Marlborough sponsor, we’re always delighted to support their amazing programmes. Rachel approached Shawn Purser (from Masterpiece Painting and Plastering) and I to ‘interview’ three students – to give them real-life interview practice.

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