At the end of 2018 Mycare, in partnership with Kalandra Education Group, had the pleasure of offering a Mycare Kalandra Scholarship to selected members of the Mycare community. This exciting opportunity allowed for 120 people who use the Mycare platform to find work, to study a Level 4 New Zealand Certificate in Health and Wellbeing, free of cost. We have seen amazing results and had fantastic feedback from the lucky participants working hard to finish their course!
“I’m one of the lucky recipients of the Kalandra Mycare Scholarship. I really don’t like to study at all but with the amazing support we are receiving it’s not too bad! We have a Facebook page, telephone support and personal support travelling throughout NZ just to help us out. When I pass (and I will) it will enable me to earn another $2 per hour! Definitely worth it in my book. 👍”
“I am also very fortunate to have been given the Kalandra Mycare scholarship opportunity! I have experienced such positive encouragement and support, which has given me confidence in being able to complete this course and then be of benefit to those in need in my community, thank you! 😊”
This opportunity was a pilot with Mycare reaching out to a small group of workers on our platform to offer this exciting scholarship to, and Kalandra has provided them with a flexible learning environment and fantastic support. While Kalandra is based in Auckland, participants in the course could be from anywhere in New Zealand, as all of the modules are completed and assessed online. Each person’s course can be tailored to their prior learning or experience, and they are able to work through modules at their own pace without any stressful deadlines. The structure of the course allows for everyone involved to study and build their skills without it effecting their own personal commitments and jobs.
Mycare wanted to offer an accessible learning opportunity to members of the Mycare community to enable them to develop their skills and earn a higher hourly rate. By reaching out and providing an online course to people across the country workers are able to learn without having to travel to study elsewhere, and better support their local communities.
We have seen amazing progress from participants in the course, with one of the Kalandra facilitators commenting “I love how people share… and how some say that they can't do something and then they send us the most amazing material. I love how caring everyone is and how this shows in their work.” We have also been lucky enough to see an amazing community grow from the 2018 Kalandra cohort. During the application and enrolment process Kalandra created a Facebook group to connect and support everyone involved in the course. This has provided an opportunity for people across the country to support and learn from each other throughout their education journey.
Kalandra provide outstanding support to the course participants. Not only do they provide prompt replies to emails, Facebook posts, and calls, but they are also working hard to deliver face to face support where necessary. Study groups have been organised in the next few months in cities throughout New Zealand where Kalandra tutors will be available for in person support and participants will be able to meet and discuss what they have been working on. For participants who are fortunate enough to live close to the Kalandra campus, they have been able to go in for any urgent support that tutors have been happy to provide. Kalandra are also working hard to go the extra mile and make sure the course is accessible to everyone on it. One of our participants living in the Waikato region is deaf and has coordinated trips with Kalandra to their Auckland campus to get one on one support with completing modules. Thanks to this amazing support the participants have had spectacular results and feedback on the course so far.
We can’t wait to continue to see the current participants learn and grow as they continue on their journey with Kalandra. It has been a fantastic experience for us here at Mycare, the amazing facilitators at Kalandra, and the hardworking individuals taking on this course. This opportunity has reflected to us the importance of continuing to learn and grow throughout our lives.
If you are interested in applying for the scholarship have a read of our FAQs and the application process here.