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Southland Youth Futures Coordinator
About the programme
To ensure Southland’s future prosperity it is essential connections are made between young people and employers in productive industries.
Venture Southland established Southland Youth Futures in 2014 to better connect young Southlanders with careers in the primary sectors and associated support industries, and to strengthen the pathway between education and employment.
Southland Youth Futures is one strand within the Southland Regional Labour Market Strategy. In partnership with employers, actions are being developed to meet current and future labour force needs across five categories - female workers, older workers, international education, migrants, and young people.
Employer Excellence Partners
These employers commit to Invest in Youth. As youth-friendly employers they agree to a minimum set of requirements such as
- Regularly providing speakers for employer talks in schools
- Hosting student tours at their workplaces
- Offering work experience opportunities such as internships or Gateway
- Contributing profiles of young people employed in their industries
- Hiring young people whenever possible
- Supporting, mentoring and upskilling young people who have joined their workplaces
Many Employer Excellence Partners are also members of the Southland Youth Futures Advisory Group which sets work programme priorities and plans new initiatives.
Southland Youth Futures works with providers to ensure students and careers advisers have relevant and up to date information about training options available in Southland.
Business Partners and Industry Supporters
These employers and industry organisations support Southland Youth Futures as time and resources allow and we value their contribution. We couldn’t do what we do without them.