Introducing Julie Purcell, Vocational Pathways Advisor

Julie Purcell joins Waihanga Ara Rau Construction and Infrastructure Workforce Development Council as Vocational Pathways Advisor.

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Julie is excited to be joining us as the Vocational Pathways Advisor after a busy and varied career. She has dedicated herself to helping people navigate and find meaningful career pathways that are best suited to their interests and needs.

Having spent a number of years owning and running her own recruitment company she moved into a teaching role within a secondary school, with a focus on careers and gateways. Her interest in helping young people learn about tertiary education continued with her work as school liaison for an ITO, working with careers staff and students to provide career pathway plans within projects and Micro-credentials.

Julie sees her new role at Waihanga Ara Rau as a continuation of her experience helping people understand their possible pathways. Julie says:

“I’m keen to be a part of the development of vocational pathways within New Zealand. It’s important to be able to provide pathways that are available and accessible to everyone. After teaching for more than eight years and seeing the struggles of people with the current curriculum, I feel it’s important to be able to include everyone with pathways that are meaningful. I enjoy helping people navigate the system so they can achieve their potential”

In her role Julie will be working with those looking at entering the construction and infrastructure workforces and those wanting to retrain. She’ll also work closely with the Tertiary Education Commission (TEC), Ministry of Education and Education to Employment to reach new audiences.

Some of Julie’s career highlights include instigating the Young Careers programme while working for Careerforce. The programme is currently being piloted by Whangarei Girls, who are looking to initialling this into a micro-credential in 2023 to be used throughout New Zealand. This micro-credential recognises the skills of youth looking after whānau and puts them on the pathway to completing NZ Certificate in Health & Wellbeing Level 2; the Auckland DHB Rangatahi micro-credential which gives Year 13 Maori and PI students insight into the cultural advances of health care within a DHB; and the Careerforce Gateway programme for schools packages, which encourages students into careers within the Health and Wellbeing sector, including Aged Care, Diversional Therapy and Youth Work.

We warmly welcome Julie to our team – it’s great to have your passion and enthusiasm.