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, education and training providers, youth services, rangatahi, young people and their families
3. Support activities that ignite rangatahi aspirations for their futures, and their leadership and innovative potential
​4. Build youth “work readiness” with the essential competencies for work and employer “youth friendliness” to create great learning opportunities
5. Create resources and cross sector professional development activities among  employers, and educators and trainers focused on youth futures

Youth Employability – Licence to Work Programme

YEP-L2W-RGB-logo.pngToi EDA co-ordinates this nationally supported programme regionally..The well-researched , highly adaptable initiative grows work readiness through teaching seven core competencies for work. Students then apply and receive feedback on their application of the competencies from supervisors in both voluntary work placements and industry work experience placements. See this clip for more information

A new version of YEP Licence to Work called “the Ultimate Edition” was designed in 2019 for less engaged senior level students and post school rangatahi who are not in education employment or training (NEET) and can be endorsed with work exposure, work exploration or work experience opportunities. 
Either version of the  programme can be woven into school and post school training programmes, and also helps grow employer “youth readiness”.

For more information and fantastic resources, see

Cadetships Resources for Employers

Cadetship-Guide_2020.jpgThese resources were developed by SLH Contracting, a Māori business based in Kawerau. They are dedicated to their community and to helping rangatahi and young people succeed in the world of work, and over the past year have formalised a Cadetship Programme, with partnership funding from Te Puni Kokiri (for more see
The Guide, prepared for employers – starts with tips for getting prepared across your whole business, and steps through the whole process to graduation, including tips about ongoing support, and what to do when things don’t go so well.  Download the Cadetship Guidelines here ​

Download templates here (zip file)

- CS1 Job Description Template
- CS2 Interview Template
- CS3 Letter of Offer Template
- CS4 Employment Agreement Template
- CS5 Induction, Training & Work Plan Template
- CS6 Cadetship Performance Monitoring & Evaluation Template
- CS7 Cadetship Evaluation Template
- CS8 Cadet Pathway Planning Template
- CS9 Cadetship Certificate Template
Also see our Workforce Development Page for Information and Resources