Employability Plus Programme
The Employability Plus Programme (EPP) is a new initiative that gives University of Waikato students the opportunity to gain work-ready skills through volunteer activity. As a student, you'll get recognised for the extra work you do and stand out when you’re job hunting by gaining the practical skills and experience sought by prospective employers.
Apply online to be one of the first 250 students to join the pilot programme in 2017.
If you’re a not-for-profit organisation this is a great opportunity to engage with our students. Find out more about becoming an EPP partner below.
How EPP works
The four components of EPP are:
- Personal development,
- Community volunteering,
- University contribution, and
- Work Integrated Learning (beginning 2018).
To gain different levels of achievement in the programme, you'll complete a range of modules and volunteering hours.
Your EPP level of attainment ("achieved" or greater) will be included on a transcript supplementary to your academic one.
Throughout the year you’ll have access to personal development modules such as first aid training, budgeting, CV preparation and leadership. These modules are designed to help you in your personal and professional life.
The number of modules completed determines your personal development level of attainment:
|4 modules||6 modules||8 modules|
We’ve partnered with organisations such as Volunteering Waikato and Volunteering Bay of Plenty to give you access to local volunteer opportunities.
The number of hours you do determines your community volunteering level of attainment:
|30 hours||40 hours||50 hours|
There are lots of opportunities at university you can get involved with including clubs and societies, class reps and mentoring.
The number of activities you do determines your university contribution level of attainment:
|2 activities||3 activities||4 activities|
Work Integrated Learning
Students will complete a work internship as part of their academic curriculum. This component is part of the university-wide Curriculum Enhancement Programme and will be incorporated into EPP in 2018.
We’re proud to be working with the following not-for-profit organisations in the Waikato and Bay of Plenty:
- Blind Foundation
- Dynamo Cycling Club
- Goldfields Railway
- Hamilton Riding for the Disabled
- Hospice Waikato
- Life Unlimited
- Literacy Waikato
- McKenzie Centre
- Methodist City Action
- Midlands Hockey
- Organic Farm NZ
- Red Cross
- Riverlea Environment Society
- Salvation Army
- Shama Hamilton Ethnic Women's Centre
- Sport Waikato
- St John
- Swimming Waikato
- Tauranga City Library
- Trade Aid
- Volunteering Bay of Plenty
- Volunteering Waikato
- Waihi Community Resource Centre
- Waikato Bay of Plenty Magic
- Waikato DHB
- Waikato Environment Centre
- Waikato Institute for Leisure and Sport Studies
Employability Plus Programme Coordinator:
Phone: 07 837 9517