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Southland Youth Futures aims to help young people into great careers in Southland through training and employment opportunities

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Invest in Southland's future workforce by joining the Southland Youth Futures programme

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Southland Youth Futures aims to help people into great careers in Southland through training and employment opportunities.

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We to bring together schools, employers, training providers, industry organisations and Government agencies to build partnerships towards improving outcomes for young people in Southland.

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Allison Beckham

Southland Youth Futures Coordinator

About the programme

To ensure Southland’s future prosperity, it is essential connections are made between young people and employers.

Southland Youth Futures was established in 2014 to better connect young Southlanders with careers and training opportunities across Southland 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.

Training Partners

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.