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.
To join the programme, log into MyCareer using the link below, click My Account > My Volunteering Roles, complete the Employability Plus Programme Agreement Form (you only need to do this once). Your application will be approved overnight.
To find the answers to your EPP questions, visit our FAQ page and check out 'How EPP works' below.
Once you have joined EPP, you have the length of your time studying at the University of Waikato to be involved in the programme.
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.
MyCareer is career services management (CSM) software from a US based company called Symplicity. This is available to all enrolled students and is the place to go to request a Careers Advisor appointment, see details about careers events, find graduate employment opportunities or register to attend a workshop or tutorial. Students involved in EPP will also be able to search and apply for volunteering opportunities both within the University and out in the community.
How EPP works
The three components of EPP are:
- Personal development,
- Community volunteering, and
- University contribution.
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, merit or distinction) directly relates to how involved you become in the programme and will be included on a transcript supplementary to your academic one. Your involvement in the programme can continue as long as you are enrolled.
EPP is an optional programme that will run alongside your study. There is no pass or fail. We encourage you seek as many opportunities as you can to develop the skills that will increase your chances of getting the job you want when your study is finished.
The recognition that you will receive for Community Volunteering and University Contribution starts from A Semester 2017. If you have been involved in volunteering within the University or in the community prior to 2017, your contributions will have been valuable to your skill development, but they are not able to be included in EPP.
Throughout the year you’ll have access to personal development modules such as career planning, intercultural communication, leadership skills, CV and cover letter preparation, along with personal branding. 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 being an executive member of a club and society, being a class rep or mentoring.
The number of activities you do determines your university contribution level of attainment:
|2 activities||3 activities||4 activities|
We’re proud to be working with the following not-for-profit organisations in the Waikato and Bay of Plenty:
- Avalon (BOP) Incorporated
- Bellyful Hamilton
- Blind Foundation
- Cambridge Riding for the Disabled
- Career Development Association of New Zealand
- Classic Events
- Community and Enterprise Leadership Foundation
- Diabetes Help Tauranga
- Dynamo Cycling Club
- Endometriosis Waikato
- Girl Guiding New Zealand
- Goldfields Railway
- Grassroots Trust
- H3 Group
- Habitat for Humanity (Central North Island)
- Hamilton Central Business Association
- Hamilton Multicultural Services Trust
- Hamilton Riding for the Disabled
- Hillcrest Scouts
- Hospice Waikato
- Landcare Trust
- Life Unlimited
- Literacy Waikato
- McKenzie Centre
- Methodist City Action
- Midlands Hockey
- Momentum Waikato Community Foundation
- New Vision International Education
- Orchestras Central
- Organic Farm NZ
- Otanewainuku Kiwi Trust
- Parafed Waikato
- Perry Outdoor Education Trust
- Pukete Neighbourhood House
- Red Cross
- Refugee Orientation Centre
- Riverlea Environment Society
- Rotorua Arts Village
- Rotorua Community Youth Centre
- Salvation Army
- Seagull Centre
- Shama Hamilton Ethnic Women's Centre
- SPCA Rotorua
- SPCA Thames
- Sport Waikato
- St Chads Charitable Trust
- St John
- St Peter's Sea Scouts
- Swimming Waikato
- Tauranga City Library
- Thames Museum
- Thames Vintage & Classic Car Club
- The Boatshed Kayaks Ltd
- Trade Aid
- Vincent House Trust
- 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
- Waikato Rugby Union
- Waikato Sunrise Rotary
- Waimarie - Hamilton East Community House
- YMCA Tauranga
Employability Plus Programme Coordinator:
Phone: 07 837 9517
Level 1, Student Centre, Hamilton Campus