Kawerau mayor takes leading role on national taskforce

Date published: December 11, 2013 at 12:56 pm | Comments

KAWERAU mayor Malcolm Campbell is taking on the role of co-deputy chairperson of the national Mayors Taskforce for Jobs.

He joins a fresh leadership team including a new chairperson, Bryan Cadogan mayor of Clutha and new co-deputy chairperson Margaret Kouvelis mayor of Manawatu.

The taskforce is a network of the country’s mayors and aims to engage all under-25-year-olds with education, work or positive community activities.

Mr Campbell has been part of the taskforce’s core group for over nine years before taking on the role of co-deputy chairperson.

The core group governs the taskforce and works with stakeholders and government departments.

Next week Mr Campbell will travel to Taranaki to help set the budget and direction for the taskforce.

He planned to focus on achieving a correct assessment of the numbers of under-25-year-olds unemployed or out of education in the Eastern Bay.

Mr Campbell was also interested in creating jobs for the wider Eastern Bay after the economic downturn.

“Kids are pretty resilient and the world is their oyster, we just have to give them a hand and show them the way,” he said.

The taskforce wants their actions to be made with young people and for young people by engaging them through a six step strategy.

The group will identify issues and opportunities, before trying to connect young people with support to get them ready for work.

On the side of employers, the taskforce assists in creating job opportunities, mentoring young people through work, and celebrating success.

The taskforce estimated over 50 per cent of their membership were working on aspects of this strategy.

Source: Whakatane Beacon