MTFJ has partnered with the Ministry of Social Development and developed a Community Recovery Programme which provides up to $500,000 to 23 rural councils (population of 20,000 or less) with a national aim to get 1,150 young people or Covid-19 displaced engaged in a sustainable employment pathway.
The focus is rural, as young people in rural New Zealand often face exacerbated challenges when entering into the labour force, these challenges include a lack of access to skill development pathways, driver licencing and testing facilities and a lack of access to employers. The partnership is targeted towards supporting young people not in education, employment or training (NEET) or those who have been displaced due to the economic impacts of COVID-19.
Stratford District Council is one of the 23 rural councils that has engaged with the programme and been successful in securing support with the aim of assisting 50 young people into sustainable employment.
Register for the programme
Whether you’re an employer or seeking employment, register for the programme online via the below links:
Young people will be provided with opportunities to engage with the workforce, whilst employers will be provided with assistance during these tougher financial times.
Through this initiative Council is able to assist local businesses with recruitment, training, guidance and in some cases subsidies, to help small to medium sized enterprises (SMEs) take on young workers. It has a specific focus on getting young people who are not in employment, education or training into sustainable employment.
The programme was developed by MTFJ and MSD as a response to the impact of Covid-19. Young workers across Aotearoa/New Zealand, and particularly in rural areas, have been hit hard by the Covid-19 pandemic.
How does it work?
Our Workforce Coordinator will assess all registrations, and connect employers with those seeking employment, or identify training needs and requirements for available roles.
Once a successful connection is made, employers will be asked to sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Council. Our Workforce Coordinator will then schedule regular check-ins with both employer and employee, offering support where needed.
By working together we can make a positive impact on our community.
For further information phone the Community Development team on 06 765 6099