News: Igniting youth aspirations and employment


The Eastern Bay is on the cusp of accelerating economic growth and a wide range of job opportunities. Making sure that rangatahi are aware of this, and they’re gaining relevant skills and knowledge is a key focus for Toi EDA LinkUp. “One essential is the soft skills that employers are calling out for. Things like being positive and willing to learn, good communication and teamwork” says Cindy Lee, LinkUp Co-ordinator.

The Youth Employability Licence to Work, co-developed by schools and employers, helps students develop those competencies, and national programme leader, Shirley Johnson of COMET, will be a speaker at the upcoming event next Tuesday.

The YEP Licence to Work Programme involves rangatahi, schools, community organisations and employers, and involves the students in workshops, voluntary service and work experience.

Toi EDA’s Workforce Programme Manager Barbara MacLennan notes just how important community organisations and employers are in growing the youthful workforce. “There’s no question that we have personnel shortages already in the Eastern BoP, and our workforce is aging. So it’s absolutely vital we all create practical opportunities for rangatahi and young people to learn in real workplaces, and grow the attitudes and skills we as employers say we need. The Licence to Work Programme provides a great structure for that.”

“It seems like we’ve hit a nerve with this event” says Cindy. “People are keen to support young people grow their aspirations and employability. Registrations are flooding in and at this rate we’ll have to find a larger venue!”

For event details people can email


For more information:
Cindy Lee – 0210580565
Barbara MacLennan – 0274252277