Youth WAYIN™

In 2018 Central Park Henderson Business (CPHB) announced the launch of a new initiative: WAYIN™ – ‘WEST AUCKLAND YOUTH IN’ to Employment.

WAYIN™ (West Auckland Youth Into employment) was launched by the Central Park Henderson Business (CPHB) in 2018. This initiative’s key deliverables are to support our young people (16 – 24yrs) into employment opportunities and support businesses to engage and employ young people (including entry-level job opportunities).

Member schools already have a great record with their vocational pathways and the Gateway Program. However, current successes could be further enhanced by bridging the gap between the untapped potential of young people to an entry way to local companies, especially across the trades.

As the programme develops, it will allow us to survey and gather information with business leaders to provide data and context on current and trending job vacancies, and the demand of finding and keeping the best talent.

Global NEET’s

Globally in 2020, more than one in five (22.4%) young people aged 15 – 24yrs are neither in employment, education or training (NEET). What is more, two out of every three of these NEETs (67.5%) are young women, who thus outnumber men two to one.

In 2018 we met with CEO (Jeffery Wallace) and Vice President (Corey Matthews) of ‘LeadersUp’, a Californian based Youth Employment Transitional Support organisation, to workshop ongoing strategies to progress our vision with our members and other west Auckland businesses. They were in New Zealand to conduct a review for Youth Connections and philanthropic funders for future functionality. The meeting gave impetus to the fact, that we are on the ‘right track’ not only from the local accept, but from an international viewpoint.

Local NEET’s

Data from the first quarter of 2018, showed that more than 2,000 young people in the Henderson-Massey Local Board Area, are neither in employment, education or training. We feel that we can help reduce these numbers by creating collaborations in our communities to support our youth.

The challenge remains that while we have organisations working alongside young people and supporting them to become work ready there is a clear need for meaningful business engagement in the sector; businesses driven by purpose for their future – more to the point – the future of their surrounding community and young people.

Supporting Youth out West

Our focus is to bridge the gap between the untapped potential of young people and the business challenge of finding and keeping the best talent.

Employing youth can bring a range of benefits to our businesses, such as:

  • Building a sustainable workforce for the long-term future of your business.
  • By developing local talent, we can help promote and raise the profile of your business.
  • Investing in the early training and development of staff is a recognised way of retaining employees.
  • Be part of the ‘Live, Learn & Earn Local’ mantra often repeated, as an effective strategy for local youth to learn skills in our businesses without time spent, and the cost of traveling.
  • Fill entry-level positions to train for your skills gaps, to fit specific roles, and connect to youth customer segments and local communities.
  • Bring in diversity, fresh ideas and new technologies through Technical Institutes and Universities (UNITEC has been a member of CPHB since our formation).
  • Engaging in work experience programs (Gateway) and supporting career expos with local colleges (i.e., Jobfest West).

CPHB engage with member schools who are already preparing youth for various industries and roles through their Vocational Pathways. Experience shows us, that these pathways often result in internships or trade apprenticeships in their chosen field, for the keen candidate.

How to get involved

If you would like to learn more about how to become involved in this project, please get in touch with us

From the Local Board Plan:

“Our young people need access to opportunities to live and earn locally. We will continue to work with Youth Connections (an Auckland Council-initiative supported by the Tindall Foundation, dedicated to improving youth employment), schools and community economic development organisations to make the right support available to prepare young people for employment. There are opportunities to work with migrant business owners, Māori entrepreneurship ideas and current businesses, including the creative and health sectors and high-tech manufacturing, which we want to support and promote”.