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Learning from international Youth to Employment experience

The Eastern Bay faces rapid economic growth and all industries are calling out for youthful recruits. Our region is not alone. This is a worldwide challenge and creates an urgent imperative both to improve our transition rates directly from education to employment, and to attract local rangatahi and young people into good jobs right here.

“Meeting this challenge is essential to create a thriving Eastern Bay”, says David Turner, Toi EDA Chair and Executive Director of Sequal. “So as well as working locally, we’ve looked around the world for learning, and discovered that another David Turner has been focussed on this kaupapa for three decades! He has a lot of international knowledge and experience to share, and has recently worked with NZ’s Ministry of Education and our national Mayors Taskforce for Jobs.”

“As a business owner myself, I know we need to get more creative at making sure educators, trainers, whanau and rangatahi all know about the awesome job and career paths that can open up. We need to codesign better training pathways with schools and tertiary institutions to make sure this happens.” Toi EDA is hosting Dave Turner in Ōpōtiki, Whakatāne and Kawerau next week. “It will be great to hear information about what’s working well in other parts of the world, and what the evidence is telling us.“

Dave Turner BIO                  

Dave Turner is an independent consultant in the related fields of youth development, education–industry-community partnerships, enterprise, vocational and careers education, and local community economic development. Over the last 30 years, Dave has worked and lived in both Australia and the United Kingdom.  He also spent considerable time in Switzerland where he closely studied their world-class apprenticeship system (91% completion rate); an approach that develops the readiness of both young people and employers to be productive together.

In the last few years, Dave has developed the theme of releasing the imagination, creativity and innovation of young people, and explored how such activities can be integrated into futures conversations between employers/entrepreneurs and young people, as well as into existing career development, work experience/readiness and job search programmes.

Dave has worked in New Zealand in the last decade with the Mayor’s Taskforce for Jobs, the Tindall Foundation and Youth Connections on matters relating to youth employment. Collaboration between communities, employers and education has been a key theme in this work. Such collaboration has proven to be the best way to develop more work ready young people and more youth ready employers. Both are essential, if a community is to boost youth employment, and reduce skill shortages.

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Keen to hear more? There are a few spots left:

Date and Location Name and Time of Workshop For more details, costs,  and registration
Tuesday 12th November
In Whakatāne
Sponsored by Toi EDA LinkUp
Workshop 1
Tuesday 12th November
In Whakatāne
Sponsored by Toi EDA LinkUP
Workshop 2
Wednesday 13th November
In Ōpōtiki (sponsored by ODC)
Breakfast Workshop
Wednesday 13th November
In Kawerau