The purpose of the Futures that Work scholarships and support programme is to grow the capacity and capability of the Pacific mental health and addiction workforce.
Growing the size and skills of the Pasifika workforce takes more than just financial support. It's also a combination of providing appropriate mentoring, coaching, cultural and pastoral care, as well as support in identifying employment and career pathways.
That’s why the Futures that Work three-step programme has been successful.
Over 11 years, we’ve awarded 521 scholarships to 339 people. Some people received a scholarship for 2 or 3+ years - so we support them through their course of study to complete on time and ensure the shortest possible route in their career journey.
The 72 Futures that Work scholarship recipients for 2019 are well placed to support our Pasifika communities. Through these scholarships and support programme, Le Va has been able to strategically invest in workforce areas of priority, not only for Pasifika communities, but for New Zealand’s mental healthcare system and services.