Link Up

Toi EDA, the Eastern BoP Economic Development Agency, works across the Kawerau, Ōpōtiki and Whakatāne districts in support of economic growth. Since 2015 Toi EDA has invested in a Workforce Development Programme as a key enabler to economic growth. In 2017 we researched and created LinkUp EBoP in response to strong messages from schools, industry, employers, Iwi and Māori organisations. They identified the need for many more connections and opportunities for students to learn about, experience and prepare for the world of work as part of their education.
 

Our Brand and Aims

linkupLTM.pngThe use of the Māori pikorua symbol in our logo denotes the deep connection between people.
This symbol visually depicts and affirms our general mission as a program:
Connecting rangatahi, education and the world of work

We do this by working in partnership with others to:

1. Strengthen relationships between education and industry
2. Raise awareness about regional growth and future work opportunities to schools, students, young people and their families
3. Create new programmes and opportunities for students to explore and experience the world of work as part of their education
4. Ignite rangatahi aspirations for their futures, and their leadership and innovative potential
​5. Build youth “work readiness” with the essential competencies for work and employer “youth friendliness” to create great learning opportunities


We warmly acknowledge our LinkUp funders, including the Ōpōtiki, Whakatāne and Kawerau District Councils along with BoP Regional Council who, via Toi EDA, contribute a small pūtea which we add to, as other funders come to support our work. Thanks to Todd Foundation, Te Puni Kokiri, MBIE, the BoP Education Trust, Toi Ohomai, the University of Waikato, Ōpōtiki College, Murupara Area School, Trident High School, Whakatāne High School, and Tarawera High School. We’re also delighted that BayTrust has recently approved a grant to support our 2018-2019 mahi.