The Local Employment Access Pathway (LEAP) team, part of the Mana Taurite – Equity in Health campaign, is working together with key stakeholders – CM Health, Accelerating Aotearoa, Ministry of Social Development, and Auckland Libraries – to mentor, upskill and design a clear pathway to employment into nonclinical and entry level roles at CM Health for our local community.
LEAP works at a community level to: create a welcoming environment to participants so that they feel supported; match candidates with appropriate employment opportunities; deliver CV and interview workshops; provide one-on-one support with CV, cover letters, understanding of organisation values, job applications, interview practice; and provide ongoing support for jobseekers.
“We are working with the community to support employment pathways into the organisation to help build the CM Health workforce to better represent our local Māori and Pacific population. Ultimately we hope this will continue to build on other work being done to ensure effective responses to the unique health and service needs of our South Auckland communities, contributing to improved health outcomes,” says Ko Awatea project manager Bridget Armour.
LEAP project lead and Accelerating Aotearoa CEO Judy Speight sees the project as a catalyst for change by helping unemployed or underemployed locals into better employment. “This will not only assist in improving their financial situation but also in developing agents of change in the community which ultimately will translate into improved health outcomes,” she says.
According to Speight, “supporting a person on the pathway from unemployment to employment begins long before the interview. First we need to provide a safe environment and establish trust based relationships, then develop skillsets needed for interviews and employment, support each application and the interview process, and finally, when they get the job, support staying in the job. This is not a one-touch exercise!”
The LEAP team attributes the successful results they have achieved so far to a combination of:
– partnership with trusted local leadership;
– removing employment access barriers;
– focus on people;
– committed stakeholder collaboration;
– established and accessible delivery venue (in-community spaces);
– assessment centre approach (real skills for real people);
– robust improvement methodology;
– celebration of success.
John Kuy, Future Talent Consultant who works within the CM Health Recruitment Centre, stresses the importance of the focus on people and on individually supporting them. For it to be successful “let’s not have hires, let’s have people,” he emphasizes. “LEAP is one of many pathways that we use to connect to our community to help people into meaningful employment at CM Health.”
After staying at home for many years to educate her children, Margaret Nimo was ready to try something new. With LEAP’s guidance, she was hired as an administrator at CM Health’s Community Central: “I feel privileged to work with such a friendly team of dedicated and benevolent clinical and administrative staff. They have welcomed me and share their knowledge freely which in turn helps me to understand and to better achieve my tasks.”
Another aim of the project is to provide a career path for the new employees with post-employment pastoral care that is aligned with our Counties Manukau Health values of Manaakitanga, Whakawhanaungatanga, Kotahitanga and Rangatiratanga . “We also want to develop our staff so that they can grow into other roles,” says Steve Mihaere, CM Health orderly manager.
Mana Taurite – Equity in Health campaign
Aligned with CM Health’s strategic plan, the purpose of Mana Taurite – Equity in Health is to innovate and identify what works to reduce health inequities for the community of Counties Manukau by December 2020 by:
• reducing the disparity for childhood obesity or healthy weight for children from Māori and Pacific communities in Otara – Counties Manukau (Healthy Kids workstream);
• reducing the disparity for identified health outcomes for Māori and Pacific patients and whānau in participating services in Counties Manukau (Healthy Services work stream);
• increasing the number of Māori and Pacific staff across our workforce and potential workforce to reflect the Counties Manukau community (Healthy Systems work stream).
Go to the Mana Taurite – Equity in Health webpage to find out more about the campaign.