Mayors’ taskforce making an impact on youth employment

Date published: January 19, 2013 at 8:40 am | Comments

This collective belief has come about through a mayoral task force that’s making an impact on youth employment.

Next week, we will celebrate the successes of some 60 graduates in a variety of industries, including building, care giving, water reticulation and retail.

Many of these graduates will go on to be our local tradespeople, own their own businesses, and provide essential services to the people of the Eastern Bay.

The Mayors’ Task Force for Jobs is a nationwide network that began in 2000 with seven mayors and now has a membership of 65 mayors (97 per cent) across New Zealand.

Its focus is youth employment and engagement in local communities, with a goal that all young people under 25 years should be engaged in appropriate education, training, work or other activities that contribute to their long-term economic independence and well-being.

One the greatest strengths of the task force is that it works in partnership with central government.

In my role as mayor, I have a responsibility to speak on behalf of the whole community.

Because the mayors’ task force engages with government ministers, officials, agencies, community groups and the private sector, we’re able to use the mayors’ collective voice to lobby on behalf of youth employment.

In my last column, I discussed the drop in youth unemployment numbers in the past two years and I believe the Mayors’ Task Force for Jobs has played a part in this improvement.

I’m looking forward to co-hosting next week’s graduation ceremony at Te Koputu a te Whanga a Toi and celebrating what can be achieved through hard work and determination.

I’m sure the community will join with me in congratulating all of these young people on the successful completion of their tertiary studies and wish them all the best in their future endeavours, wherever their careers may lead them.

Source: Whakatane Beacon