HLC's Primary Role and Focus within the Community
HLC Mission Statement:
“A place of learning providing quality education, training and employment outcomes for our clients and our communities”
How we see our role within the local Community
- is a multi-programme provider of high quality education and training programmes to all people, including those who identify as having a disability
- is developing a reputation as a first choice learning institution
- has an established reputation as second chance learning institution
- provides for all ages (school leavers, adults, local business community)
- provides pre-employment programmes designed to prepare students for employment
- provides stair-casing to higher educational qualifications
HLC into the future
HLC's primary focus is to provide a secure and supportive training environment for the unemployed people of the region.
- historically our core business has been in providing second chance learning and training and that will continue
- our current focus is to also promote HLC as a first choice for learning; our intention is to become the preferred provider for students seeking training in our selected vocational fields.
- a clear need has been established for additional short course programmes, which provide staircased options leading to work opportunities through higher learning and qualifications for the people of our district.
- recent Government initiatives have provided new opportunities for service provision which diversifies away from courses to one-on-one assistance towards employment.
In 2018 HLC will provide:
- Training opportunities for students (aged 18+ years) funded by MSD; these courses are at no cost to students, but they need to meet strict entry criteria. This course is a broad-based lifeskills and employment skills programme designed to improve employability and good citizenship. The goal is employment.
- Youth Guarantee training for young people (aged 16 – 19 years) and funded by TEC (at no cost to students). The students are enrolled on one of three pre-employment training and recreational skills courses - Hospitality, Computing, Foundation Skills Level 1 or Foundation Skills Level 2.
- Training for fee-paying students in industry-specific certificate courses (Security, Cookery, Health and Wellbeing, Business, Food & Beverage, Exercise & Sport) up to level four on the NZ National Qualifications Framework. Security courses held in Palmerston North and the Health and Wellbeing Programme held in Levin and run in conjunction with UCOL.
- A community-based Employment Services Programme, working with nearly one hundred people with disabilities, 60+ of whom are in paid employment. This programme is funded by the Ministry of Social Development.
- Train for Work programme. HLC Employment Consultants work with trainees to find on-the-job training opportunities in a wide range of industries.
- Short security industry partnership training courses in conjunction with businesses and the ITO. This is a Work and Income–funded Straight to Work programme for 16 trainees.
- Upskilling the reading, writing, numeracy and computing requirements of an employee's job. This year we plan to work with local companies providing one-on-one (or small group) training.