Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search


Opportunities for young Aucklanders applauded

Hon Paula Bennett
Minister for Social Development

Minister of Youth Affairs

10 February 2012 Media Statement

Opportunities for young Aucklanders applauded

Social Development Minister Paula Bennett welcomes a joint initiative to provide work experience opportunities for young people in Auckland.

The Auckland Council, the Auckland Chamber of Commerce and the Ministry of Social Development are working together on an initiative to provide around 230 places this year.

“Work experience is vitally important for young people looking for that first job,” says Ms Bennett.

“These placements will be an opportunity for young Aucklanders to get on-the-job experience while exploring a potential career,” she says.

The initiative will place Limited Service Volunteer graduates in positions within Auckland Council departments as well as other Council Controlled Organisations or local businesses.

Auckland Council already has plans for a dozen young people to start this month, with 50 placements over the first three months and up to 230 work experience places over the next 12 months.

LSV is part of the Governments investment in work and training opportunities for young people included in the $55.2 million youth employment package in Budget 2011 and the 7,500 places through the Youth Guarantee in 2012.

"This is a great extension of LSV which sees young people graduate with increased confidence and ambition and hungry for opportunities. This initiative will capitalise on that enthusiasm."

“The National-led Government is backing young people to gain skills and confidence but they also need work experience in real jobs,” says Ms Bennett.

“I applaud the Auckland Council and Chamber of Commerce for giving young Aucklanders this opportunity and I want to challenge other Councils and companies to follow their lead,” she said.

© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On Bernie Sanders’ Presidential Bid

Bernie Sanders’ campaign for the Democratic nomination is taking on an air of inevitability, and that likelihood has been met with elation by some people, and feelings of dread in others. Is the Vermont senator the party’s best hope of motivating and leading an inspirational movement to defeat Donald Trump in November, or would he be the easiest opponent of them all for Trump to stigmatise, isolate and defeat? Is Bernie Sanders a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to transform America, or a once- in-a -generation calamity who is likely to entrench in power the worst President in American history? No pressure, people. More>>

First Published on Werewolf here


NZ Government: 18,400 Children Lifted Out Of Poverty

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has welcomed new reporting showing the Coalition Government is on track to meet its child poverty targets, with 18,400 children lifted out of poverty as a result of the Families Package... More>>


Gordon Campbell: On Our Unreal Optimism About The Economic Impact Of Coronavirus

At this week’s Chinese New Year celebrations, PM Jacinda Ardern was resolutely upbeat that business with China would soon bounce back to normal – better than ever, even - once the coronavirus epidemic has been brought under control. To Ardern, ... More>>


Vaping: Government To Regulate Products

No sales to under-18-year-olds No advertising and sponsorship of vaping products and e-cigarettes No vaping or smokeless tobacco in smokefree areas Regulates vaping product safety comprehensively, - including devices, flavours and ingredients Ensure ... More>>


Gordon Campbell: On The Political Donations Scandals
Even paranoids have real enemies. While there has been something delusionary about the way New Zealand First has been living in denial about its donations scandal, one can sympathise with its indignation about Paula Bennett and Simon Bridges being among its chief accusers. More>>


UN Expert: NZ Housing Crisis Requires Bold Human Rights Response

This is a press statement from UN Special Rapporteur on the right to housing at the end of her 10-day visit to New Zealand. The Government of New Zealand has recognized that the country is facing a housing crisis, said Leilani Farha, UN Special Rapporteur ... More>>






InfoPages News Channels