Career Development Association of New Zealand



Bond University: Future of Jobs with Vice Chancellor Professor Tim Brailsford

You are invited to a special evening with Bond University Vice Chancellor and President, Professor Tim Brailsford, on the Future of Jobs.

Join us to hear from keynote speakers Professor Jeffrey Brand and Jacqui McKeown on forward-facing technology, trends, and future prospects for employment in today’s age of digital disruption. You’ll get an industry and academic view on how new digital technologies are shaping the work force and how Bond University is committed to preparing graduates to face any future.

This event is open to all Year 12 and 13 high school students, parents, and others interested in the future of employment.

Date | Wednesday, 22 August, 2018
Time | 6:00pm to 7:30pm
Venue | Auckland Grammar School

Places are limited so register today to secure your place.

For further details or enquiries please contact:

Jamie Endelman
Manager, Schools and Community - Brisbane, Sunshine Coast and New Zealand
Office of Future Students
p. +61 7 5595 5553
m. +61 420 937 317

CDANZ Submission: NCEA Review - Member Zoom meetings

There are a number of inter-related projects and reviews happening in government at the moment that will have major impacts on career practice, practitioners, and our clients, in the future. The top three being:

  • Tripartite Future of Work Forum
  • Career Systems Strategy for all New Zealanders – Tertiary Education Commission
  • Career Action Plan for schools – Ministry of Education

Along with professionalism and sustainability, advocacy is one of our three core drivers. Our National Executive have been working hard to ensure that CDANZ is at the table for these conversations, and that our key messages are heard.

One of the new ways we will be advocating for our members and our industry is by making formal submissions to government ministries and select committees. The first such opportunity will be of interest to members working in the education sector – the NCEA Review. Some of you may have already completed the online survey and that is great. We’d still love your contribution to our collective submission as well. To enable this, we will be facilitating two Zoom meetings on Wednesday, 29 August, one at 12noon and one at 7pm. CDANZ submission will hopefully provide a platform for professionalism in our industry, and affords a more a formal and fulsome approach and process to be heard.

Register now for the 12noon Zoom on Wednesday 29 August

Register now for the 7pm Zoom on Wednesday 29 August

The zoom meetings will be facilitated by Amanda Smidt. The meetings will be recorded and notes will be collated and passed to the National Executive who will finalise and make the submission on behalf of the organisation by the deadline, 16 September.

CPD may be claimed:

  • 1 hour unstructured PD - advanced reading and reflection
  • 1 hour structured PD – participating in the Zoom meeting

If you want to be part of this conversation please register above and read on for advance reading and meeting preparation.


NCEA Review

The NCEA Review is one of five big conversations the Ministry of Education is conducting through the Education Conversation website. These conversations are all part of a much bigger programme of work that includes the Career Action Plan.

The NCEA submission invites us to feedback on a specific set of questions framed around 6 Big Opportunities. In the Zoom meeting Amanda will lead a discussion through these questions, starting with the most relevant to us, Big Opportunity 3: Ensuring NCEA Levels 2 and 3 support good connections beyond schooling.

To prepare for the Zoom, you can use the following questions as prompts to guide your thinking.

What is your reaction to each of the proposed six big opportunities?

  • Do you support this idea?
  • What are your reasons?
  • How do you think this idea will help to align NCEA with the five principles of a strong qualification: wellbeing, equity, coherence, pathways, and credibility?
  • What do you think the challenges and unintended consequences could be?
  • What else do you think could or should be changed to address the area identified by the big opportunity?

Reaction to big opportunity 1:

Creating space at NCEA Level 1 for powerful learning (Rebuild Level 1 as a 40 credit qualification – 20 for literacy and numeracy, and 20 for a project.)

Reaction to big opportunity 2:

Strengthening literacy and numeracy. (Benchmark literacy and numeracy at the level needed for success in further learning and employment.)

Big Opportunity 3:

Ensuring NCEA Levels 2 and 3 support good connections beyond schooling. (Introduce pathways opportunities to NCEA Levels 2 and 3, giving every young person access to learning relevant to their pathway.)

  • How can NCEA acknowledge the value of all learning, including learning that occurs outside the classroom?
  • How can NCEA acknowledge learning gained in the workplace, including developing knowledge, skills, and attitudes valued by employers?
  • Should NCEA be more capable of recognising a student’s prior learning and learning that is not based on assessment standards?

Reaction to big opportunity 4:

Making it easier for teachers, schools and kura to refocus on learning. (Shift culture from achieving as many credits as possible to encouraging quality teaching and learning.)

Reaction to big opportunity 5:

Ensuring the Record of Achievement tells us about learners’ capabilities. (Enhance the Record of Achievement with better summary information and space for learners to detail achievements outside of NCEA.)

Reaction to big opportunity 6:

Dismantling barriers to NCEA. (Make NCEA more equitable, starting with making it easier for learners to access Special Assessment Conditions, and remove fees to enrol in NCEA.)


What are your experiences of NCEA?

What’s working well and what’s not working well?

Who does NCEA work for and who doesn’t it work for?

How can NCEA be improved?

  • What have been the unintended consequences of NCEA?
  • Why have they occurred?
  • How might these be addressed?

What is your overall reaction to the proposed six big opportunities?

  • What are your reasons for supporting them/not supporting them?
  • What might be the unintended consequences of implementing them?
  • How might these be addressed?
  • Do you have some alternative ideas?

Is there anything else you would like to say?


If you cannot join us for the Zoom sessions or would prefer to write down your thoughts please email your ideas to by no later than 30 August. I also welcome your phone calls on 021 222 5682.


Personal Development Manager - NZCPA (Cricket)


The NZCPA Personal Development Programme was established in 2007 and is now a key part of the high performance cricket environment in New Zealand. The programme serves NZCPA members including current and past New Zealand professional male players, as well as the New Zealand women's squad - White Ferns to help support players in balancing their cricket commitments with developing them holistically, eventually prepare them for life after cricket. 

The programme consists of three pillars - Career Transition, Risk Management and Personal Development. The NZCPA places equal emphasis on all three pillars as they believe development in these three aspects enables players to reach their true potential both within and outside of the game.


This position within NZCPA is very dynamic and demanding and requires an ability to prioritize the welfare and needs of the players at all times. The PDM will case manage Personal Development Plans (PDP) of assigned NZCPA members as well as promoting members in the merits of engaging in all 3 key pillars of the PD programme.

You will encourage all members to use services offered by the PD Programme as well as supporting the delivery of key Personal Development and Wellbeing programmes. You will build effective relationships with key external stakeholders such as service providers, mentors, employers and NZ Cricket staff as well as deliver a Personal Development Programme that services ages and stages within the NZCPA membership. You will be the dedicated point of contact for all personal development related matters.


  • Relevant qualification(s) and experience within the sectors of teaching / education, psychology, business or management is preferred.
  • Experience in a high performance (sports) environment as an athlete, coach or manager is preferred but not essential.
  • Outstanding ability to build rapport and trusted relationships.
  • Working knowledge of financial management, tax, insurance and ACC would be an advantage.
  • Ability to influence people and assist them reach their potential.
  • Demonstrated ability to develop, implement and evaluate personal development plans for individuals.
  • An understanding of learning, wellbeing & education environments.
  • Excellent communication and presentation skills.
  • Experience working in an autonomous role (self-starter)
  • Empathetic, ability to influence and strong advocacy skills

This is a unique and rare opportunity to support New Zealand’s cricketers and enable them to reach their true potential both within and outside of the game.


Global Elite Sports ( have been contracted on behalf of NZCPA to manage the recruitment for this position. 

To apply, please send your resume and cover letter to:

Have your say on tertiary education

The Tertiary Education Commission (TEC) is looking at how to make New Zealand’s institutes of technology and polytechs (ITPs) more financially sustainable and better equipped for the future.

The TEC is out and about talking to students, employers, staff and the community in July and August. If you or your networks have an interest in ITPs, or ideas for what can help the sector to flourish, then the TEC wants to hear from you.

Take their quick online survey here by 24 August.

The results of the survey will be used to help the TEC build a richer picture of what people need from ITPs and will feed into the advice they provide to the Minister of Education Chris Hipkins later this year. For more information about this project see their website.

Vocational Consultant - Auckland, Alpha.

VOCATIONAL CONSULTANT – AUCKLAND (Salaried: Full Time or Part Time)

Alpha is a leader in the provision of Vocational Rehabilitation Services to ACC and MSD within the North Island.

We are a subsidiary of the JLT group. This offers employees the dynamics of a smaller friendly company while having the security and benefits of being a part of a larger corporate structure. Other companies within the group include WellNZ and NZProvide which brings a strong synergy to the company and the work that we do.

Due to continued growth we are currently seeking to employ a Vocational Consultant in the Auckland Area and are open to applications from people who are considering full or part time work.

The successful candidate should have the following:

  • · A tertiary qualification in either Career Development and/or post graduate qualifications in rehabilitation or Occupational Therapy, Rehabilitation, Physiotherapy, Nursing, Social Sciences, Psychology, Human Development
  • · Relevant experience in the provision of vocational rehabilitation services
  • · Belong to a relevant professional organisation.

You will be able to work independently with a high level of self-discipline, have accurate report writing skills, an ability to work to time frames and be computer literate.

It is essential that you show a willingness to work cooperatively within a multidisciplinary team environment.

Further training will be undertaken with the successful candidates.

As a Consultant you will be required to provide one-on-one occupational assessments, back to work services and job search services to meet reporting time frames.

If you wish to discuss this further please contact David Broomhead on 027 626 5559

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