Student EPP FAQ
Use the frequently asked questions below to find out more about the Employability Plus Programme (EPP).
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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 EPP Activity and complete the Employability Plus Programme Agreement Form (you only need to do this once). Your application will be approved within 2 working days 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 Participation
We encourage you to make the most of the programme and be as involved as possible. To receive an overall EPP rating of 'Achieved' you will need to attend 4 Personal Development workshops, be involved in 2 University Participation 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.
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 and each topic counts once.
When 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.
Absolutely, EPP is available to all enrolled students.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org to request these.
You will receive ‘University Participation’ 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 involved in.
Tell us what you are doing – In MyCareer click My Account > My EPP Activity > 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.
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. The programme will work to recognise all volunteering from January 2017 onwards.
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 Participation activities.
If you are a class representative in five of your classes in one year, EPP will count that as one University Participation activity for that year.
You can include your involvement in your CV as well as your cover letter. A supplementary transcript will be available to you when you graduate.
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 Participation - A list of activates that you have given your time to at the University.
- Your overall EPP rating will show on 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 met 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.