Year 13 students from Tereora College, Tiare Monga (front) and Joelle Tinirau participated in a week’s work experience at Matson agent Excil Shipping. MELINA ETCHES/23112919
Year 13 students from Tereora College, are participating in a five-day work experience programme across several divisions of the Cook Islands Trading Corporation (CITC).
Tiare Monga and Joelle Tinirau both opted for work
experience in an office role and were both placed in the Matson agent Excil
Shipping office in Avatiu.
Monga said she has learnt a lot of new things about what is
involved in office administration and is liking the new environment.
“There are so many opportunities at CITC in so many
different roles, many that I didn’t know about, I’m enjoying it,” said Monga.
She has a passion for “coding” (creating a set of
instructions for computers to follow), and says she has yet to decide upon her
plans for next year.
Maru Apera, Matson Excil Shipping's general manager said
they encouraged the students to buddy up to help them feel more comfortable.
Apera said although they were both students, quite nervous
and shy on their first day, they both quickly moved past the initial stage,
into feeling more at ease in the office.
“This is the first time we have tapped into this student
work experience programme; it is good for our young people to have the
opportunity to see what it’s like in different working environments,” said
April Mana, CITC’s Training Manager mentioned that CITC has
had a good number of students join them straight out of high school who have
progressed into management roles.