Mayors Taskforce For Jobs

0% Youth Unemployment

The South Taranaki District Council and the Mayors taskforce for Jobs is currently bringing together youth, employers, trainers, educators and the wider youth sector to develop ways to make this vision a reality:

Vision: “That all young people under 25 years be engaged in appropriate education, training, work or other activities that contribute to their long-term economic independence and well-being.”  

Two youth sector forum and one employers breakfast forum have already been held, at which community champions who want to contribute their time to making the above vision a reality have been identified.

While this activity is happening in South Taranaki, the mayors of all Taranaki districts are onboard with the vision, and are taking steps to implement it.


Steps include

* Finalising a process to to bring new opportunities for youth employment to the steering committee.

* Youth to Work Awards for youth, and employers and providers who are leading the field in supporting young people into employment 

 “That all young people under 25 years be engaged in appropriate education, training, work or other activities that contribute to their long-term economic independence and well-being.”  

To help make this vision a reality you can:

The Mayors Taskforce for Jobs (MTFJ) Group

The Mayors Taskforce for Jobs (MTFJ) Group helps set goals and drive actions from a strategic perspective. It meets monthly and is a smaller group of 6 people.

Any enquiries can be directed to Community Development Advisor, Ella Borrows ella.borrows@stdc.govt.nz


 An Employers Breakfast hosted by Mayor Ross Dunlop at TSB Hub on Tuesday 3 July 2012 brought together over 50 business people, educators and others interested in reducing South Taranaki’s youth unemployment rate. Mayor Ross is a member of the Mayors Task Force for jobs which is a network that 95% of all Mayors from NZ belong to. He is committed to the MTFJ vision “that all young people under 25 years be engaged in appropriate education, training, work or other activities that contribute to their long-term economic independence and well-being.”

Breakfast speakers included  Ernie Lawrence from JLE electrical who talked of his experience employing youth.

Cheree Menzies from Feats on her role in getting youth “employer ready”.

Bry Kopu from the Mayors Task Force also outlined a process that has been successful in Otorahanga and Clutha with the next step the formation of a focus group to work on solutions for reducing youth unemployment and 12 people put up their hands to join that group. She said that “research shows that people who make a successful transition from school to education, training and work have better life long outcomes and that this is a long term project.”

 

Links

Mayors Taskforce for Jobs

Mayor Dale Williams on National Radio

Mayor Dale Williams on "The Nation"