Courses help fill in time

Taking part in a leadership course while stranded in New Zealand following the collapse of Air...
Taking part in a leadership course while stranded in New Zealand following the collapse of Air Vanuatu are Teviot Valley RSE workers (from left) Edden Tain, Pierre Mehaokon and Pierre Maguekaka. Mathias Johnas is obscured. They were completing the seminar run by Vakameasina, which runs courses for RSE workers around New Zealand. PHOTO: SUPPLIED
The region’s RSE workers have been given a leadership course to help fill in their time while they await news of possible flights to return home.

In Ettrick on Tuesday Vakameasina RSE worker training programme southern regional co-ordinator Jo Ennion ran a training day for stranded workers.

Vakameasina, funded by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade’s NZ aid programme, offered free training and development opportunities for all RSE workers around the country.

Mrs Ennion said this week she was running a leadership course with the men who had been working in the Teviot Valley and would run more until they left.

She had been contacted by one of their accommodation providers who was looking for ways for the men to fill in their days while waiting to hear when they could go home after Air Vanuatu went into liquidation.

They had been very engaged and had lots of fun, Mrs Ennion said.

Vakameasina ran courses to support RSE workers’ goals and skills that they could share at home with their community.

 

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