scoop.co.nz 11 Mar, 2021 05:00 am

South Waikato Youth To Get Hand Up Into Jobs

South Waikato Youth To Get Hand Up Into Jobs
Twenty-five South Waikato youth not in employment education or training (NEETs) could soon be in paid work with help from WORKit, a $250,000 employment programme launched today by the South Waikato District Council and Mayors Taskforce for Jobs

Twenty-five South Waikato youth not in employment education or training (NEETs) could soon be in paid work with help from WORKit, a $250,000 employment programme launched today by the South Waikato District Council and Mayors Taskforce for Jobs (MTFJ), funded by the Ministry of Social Development (MSD).South Waikato District Mayor Jenny Shattock said COVID-19 had disproportionately impacted the job prospects of NEETs and the WORKit programme would help to address that issue.” Van Dyks Flooring Xtra Putaruru General Manager Richard Stephens is one South Waikato employer who has had the rewarding experience of taking on a young NEET and seeing him flourish.“There are hundreds of young people like D’rcy in South Waikato and most of them have the potential to be great employees given the chance.

The Council will employ a full-time WORKit Connector for six months from April through to September to connect, engage, excite, prepare, and position NEET youth for employment opportunities in the district, with a target of getting 25 young South Waikato people into paid jobs.The Connector will work with the local network of stakeholders that includes Raukawa Charitable Trust, South Waikato Pacific Island Community Trust, Cook Island Society, YMCA, high school Gateway co-ordinators, Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology and Te Wananga O Aotearoa.

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