Student EPP FAQ
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Once you have joined EPP, you have the length of your time studying at the University of Waikato to be involved in the programme.
To join the programme, log into MyCareer, click My Account > My Volunteering Roles and complete the Employability Plus Programme Agreement Form (you only need to do this once). Your application will be approved overnight and will give you access to apply for the for the different volunteering roles that are available under Apply for Jobs & Volunteering > MyCareer Jobs & Volunteering.
There are three different components to EPP:
- Personal Development
- Community Volunteering
- University Contribution
Yes, to be part of the programme you need to commit to attend a minimum of 4 Personal Development workshops, complete a minimum of 2 University Contribution activities and complete a minimum of 30 hours of Community Volunteering.
Your involvement can be spread out over the years that you are studying at the University of Waikato.
No. There are currently two topics that have both a workshop and a tutorial - they are Cover Letter and Interview Skills. For each of these topics, you need to attend the workshop before you attend the tutorial.
Once your cover letter has been reviewed and approved by the team in Career Development Services (CDS) you will have passed the ‘Cover Letter’ point of this component.
CDS will also assess your ability to answer interview questions and offer support additional to the tutorial if it is required.
Yes. There are Tauranga based students involved in the EPP pilot and the intention is to open the programme to all enrolled students from B semester 2017.
The University has partnered with Volunteering Bay of Plenty to offer community based volunteering opportunities to students involved in the programme.
Career Development Services visit Tauranga fortnightly and are able to arrange Workshops and Tutorials to meet demand. Please email email@example.com to request these.
No, you will receive ‘University Contribution’ recognition if you are on the executive committee of a club or society. Each club or society has an executive group of 5-8 people. To find out more and become involved visit the WSU webpage.
EPP is all about providing volunteering opportunities and recognising the volunteering that you are doing and this may include the volunteering that you already be involved in.
Tell us what you are doing – In MyCareer click My Account > My Volunteering Roles > ADD NEW. Complete the brief online form to let us know where you are volunteering and what you are doing. We will seek confirmation of your involvement from the organisation.
No, EPP is only able to include volunteering from January 2017 onwards.
Yes, when you join the programme in B Semester 2017, or at any time after, you will be able to let us know about the volunteering that you have done in A semester 2017. As long as we are able to receive confirmation of your involvement, it can be included in your EPP record.
For example, if you were a class representative in A Semester 2017, this can be counted in your EPP record, even if you did not join the programme until B Semester.
EPP will recognise your role as a class representative once every year. If you are in the programme for three years and are a class representative each year, EPP will count your involvement as three University Contribution activities.
If you are a class representative in five of your classes in one year, EPP will count that as one University Contribution activity for that year.
You can include your involvement in your CV as well as your cover letter. You will also be able to request a supplementary transcript towards the end of your time in the programme.
The transcript will include:
- A brief explanation of EPP so that employers understand what the programme involves.
- Personal Development - The number and type of workshops that you have attended.
- Community Volunteering - A list of the organisations that you have volunteered with and the amount of time spent helping each organisation.
- University Contribution - A list of activates that you have given your time to at the University and your hours of involvement.
- Your overall EPP rating will show at the bottom of the transcript.
Your overall EPP rating is calculated from your level of involvement in the programme. If you have met each the ‘Achieved’ level of involvement in all three components, your overall rating will be ‘Achieved’.
If you have meet the ‘Distinction’ level in two components and the ‘Achieved’ level in the other component, your overall rating will be ‘Achieved’.
We encourage you to become involved and aim for ‘Distinction’ in all three components.
EPP is an optional programme that involves Personal Development workshops as well as volunteering, both within the University and out in the community.
Work Integrated Learning (WIL) is a compulsory programme for students beginning their study at the University of Waikato in 2018. One paper in every qualification will involve a work placement or internship.
No, many of the Community Volunteering roles advertised in MyCareer send you to the Volunteering Waikato or Volunteering Bay of Plenty web pages. If you are interested in any of these roles, you apply through the Volunteering Waikato or Volunteering Bay of Plenty websites, so no CV is required.