We cannot believe how quickly the year is racing along. With spring on our doorstep and the obvious signs of lambs and daffodils everywhere you look, it is no wonder Transform is full of life. This term is our busiest with 15 programs being delivered. From our personal development programs to Te Reo to parenting to drivers licenses to youth and Barista. This well-oiled machine is in full forward motion.
The numbers have increased dramatically this term also. Our women’s program was the biggest ever so splitting the group into two was the only option. We like the groups to be intimate and small so that no one feels lost or invisible.
The men’s group however has decided to continue no matter the group size. Staff have said it adds to the camaraderie of the group. To date they have not seen this decision hinder the men or their experience.
The one-week heavy transport class 2 license is about to begin. This program is only run twice per year, and we never need to advertise as the places are booked out months in advance. With word of mouth covering far wider than any advertising we could do. Even though the roll is full people are happy to put their name on the wait list just in case someone pulls out. I can tell you there is great excitement from those who miraculously manage to get off the wait list and onto the roll. One guy said he was off to buy a lotto ticket he felt so lucky.
The Barista coffee making program is also very popular. The next program is at the end of September and is shaping up to be a decent sized group. This certificate looks great in a CV and is something that is recognised anywhere in the world. We have had teens to grandparents participate. Due to a new stream of funding, there are some strict criteria to adhere to but if you are over 16, not enrolled in secondary or a tertiary institution, you haven’t had any prior barista training and you are a NZ citizen or permanent resident then you qualify.
Te Reo Maori classes have been very well supported this term. The beginners are progressing so well that it looks like they will be included in the advanced class next year. It is encouraging how many people are determined to learn Te Reo in the South Waikato.