Activate Tairawhiti outlines employment strategy

Regional economic develop agency’s youth employment strategy lays down six steps to success.

Regional economic develop agency’s youth employment strategy lays down six steps to success.

THE regional economic development agency’s four-year plan to boost youth employment here has been officially mapped out with the release of Activate Tairawhiti’s youth employment strategy document.

The strategy lays down six steps to success:

  • To support young people to succeed in training and employment.
  • To ensure young people in training complete qualifications.
  • To make sure employers have skills and confidence to make their work place “youth friendly” and involved in the Licence to Work programme.
  • To develop lifelong employability skills for young people.
  • To improve local relationships between industry, employers, educators and young people.
  • To ensure a youth-created website and social media site provide access to information.

Activate Tairawhiti economic development project manager Kim Holland said the strategy was launched by Social Development Minister Anne Tolley in February, and the agency had now put both the strategy and planned actions into a document so people could see the story, and the journey, for themselves.

“It is exciting because the Todd foundation funding and MSD has meant that the Tairawhiti Youth Employment Strategy has come alive, and the actions and initiatives are being implemented.

“Young people have been involved in the journey, and had input into the development of the strategy, the actions and initiatives and the document.

“The other exciting thing is that the youth employment strategy is embedded into action 8 of the Regional Economic Action plan, affirming its value and importance in developing the skills and talent that our industries and employers need.”

The overall strategy included schemes such as the Licence to Work, Gateway, and dual Pathways programmes, aimed at creating a seamless path into the world of work, which employers were increasingly engaging with.

The strategy sits with the Employability Skills Framework, also launched in February.

That lists seven key employability skills identified by the region’s employers as essential for young people to get and keep a job, and to build a career.

“There is a joined-up approach, and ensuring our young people are connected to education, training and/or employment, and enabling them to develop lifelong employability skills, is the key to our economic development.”

The next step in the process would be to host a job expo in October for local employers to target entry level jobs for 16 to 24-year-olds.

THE regional economic development agency’s four-year plan to boost youth employment here has been officially mapped out with the release of Activate Tairawhiti’s youth employment strategy document.

The strategy lays down six steps to success:

  • To support young people to succeed in training and employment.
  • To ensure young people in training complete qualifications.
  • To make sure employers have skills and confidence to make their work place “youth friendly” and involved in the Licence to Work programme.
  • To develop lifelong employability skills for young people.
  • To improve local relationships between industry, employers, educators and young people.
  • To ensure a youth-created website and social media site provide access to information.

Activate Tairawhiti economic development project manager Kim Holland said the strategy was launched by Social Development Minister Anne Tolley in February, and the agency had now put both the strategy and planned actions into a document so people could see the story, and the journey, for themselves.

“It is exciting because the Todd foundation funding and MSD has meant that the Tairawhiti Youth Employment Strategy has come alive, and the actions and initiatives are being implemented.

“Young people have been involved in the journey, and had input into the development of the strategy, the actions and initiatives and the document.

“The other exciting thing is that the youth employment strategy is embedded into action 8 of the Regional Economic Action plan, affirming its value and importance in developing the skills and talent that our industries and employers need.”

The overall strategy included schemes such as the Licence to Work, Gateway, and dual Pathways programmes, aimed at creating a seamless path into the world of work, which employers were increasingly engaging with.

The strategy sits with the Employability Skills Framework, also launched in February.

That lists seven key employability skills identified by the region’s employers as essential for young people to get and keep a job, and to build a career.

“There is a joined-up approach, and ensuring our young people are connected to education, training and/or employment, and enabling them to develop lifelong employability skills, is the key to our economic development.”

The next step in the process would be to host a job expo in October for local employers to target entry level jobs for 16 to 24-year-olds.

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