In 2018 Central Park Henderson Business (CPHB) announced the launch of a new initiative,
WAYIN – ‘WEST AUCKLAND YOUTH IN’ to Employment.
Some key deliverables are: working to support 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. 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.
(Young People Not-in-Employment-Education or Training) showed numbers of over 2000 from first quarter of 2018. These are our young people (15-24yrs) in the Henderson-Massey Local Board Area.
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.
In 2018 we met with CEO (Jeffery Wallace) and Vice President (Corey Matthews) of ‘LeadersUp’ a California based Youth Employment Transitional Support organisation, to workshop ongoing strategies to progress this with our members and West Business.
They were in New Zealand to conduct a review for Youth Connections and philanthropic funders for future functionality. This was a fruitful meeting which gave impetus to the fact, that we are on the ‘right track’ not only from the local accept, but from an international viewpoint.