Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search


30 Young People To Gain Work Experience

17 June 2004

30 Young People To Gain Work Experience At Manukau City Council

The Manukau Youth Employment Cadet Scheme is about to kick off for a second year, with 30 unemployed young people being taken on by Manukau City Council to gain work experience.

The aim is to place all cadets into full-time employment either within Council, its contractors or other organisations. The cadets start work on July 19 and have recently been preparing for their cadetship on a pre-employment programme run by Best Training. They are all long term unemployed and under 25. Most have no or few formal qualifications.

The scheme is a partnership between the Council, Tertiary Education Commission and Work and Income. It targets the long term unemployed and the trial last year was extremely successful. Most of the participants performed beyond expectations and went on to find full time positions due to their new-found confidence and skills. Many have been placed into permanent jobs with the Council.

The initiative has been adopted nationwide. It is being supported by the government and many councils are also now running similar schemes.

The scheme is the result of a new, closer working relationship between the government, social agencies and councils as part of the “all of government” approach to problem-solving.

There will be a financial benefit to Manukau of approximately $1.8 million because unemployment comes at a high cost. It is estimated that each person out of work for a year costs $58,000 in lost productivity, health effects and other social costs.

City Manager Colin Dale says, “I see this project as another form of community-building which the council has been involved in for many years.

“I welcome the chance to help these young people get a break into the job market and I was delighted at the quality of the cadets we took on last year. They continue to be excellent employees.”


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Veronika Meduna: The Kaikoura Rebuild

A Scoop Foundation Investigation

Friday will be a big day for people north of Kaikōura – and for hundreds of construction workers who are racing to reopen State Highway 1 in time for the holiday season.

By the afternoon, the South Island’s main transport corridor will be open to traffic again, more than a year after a magnitude 7.8 earthquake mangled bridges and tunnels, twisted rail tracks and buried sections of the road under massive landslides. More>>


BPS HYEFU WYSIWYG: Labour's Budget Plans, Families Package

“Today we are announcing the full details of the Government’s Families Package. This is paid for by rejecting National’s tax cuts and instead targeting spending at those who need it most. It will lift 88,000 children out of poverty by 2021." More>>


Gordon Campbell: On Defence Spending, Alabama, And Dolly Parton

The spending lavished on Defence projects to meet the risks that could maybe, possibly, theoretically face New Zealand in future is breath-taking, given how successive governments have been reluctant to spend even a fraction of those amounts on the nation’s actual social needs. More>>


Members' Bills: End Of Life Choice Bill Passes First Reading

The End of Life Choice Bill in the name of David Seymour has been sent to a select committee for consideration by 76 votes to 44. It is the third time Parliament has voted on the issue in recent decades and the first time such a Bill has made it over the first hurdle. More>>


State Sector: MPI Survives Defrag Of Portfolios

The Ministry for Primary Industries will not be split under the new government, but will instead serve as an overarching body for four portfolio-based entities focused on fisheries, forestry, biosecurity and food safety. More>>


Gordon Campbell: On Vulnerable Kids, RNZ Funding, And Poppy

The decision to remove the word ‘vulnerable’ from the Ministry for Vulnerable Children could well mark a whole shift in approach to the care of children in need... More>>





Featured InfoPages