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Youth Connections launch.

Work experience programme

Auckland Council is committed to supporting young people getting into paid employment.

In 2012, Auckland Council, Auckland Chamber of Commerce, and Work and Income launched the work experience programme.

The programme aims to provide work experience for young people who have completed youth employment programmes such as Limited Service Volunteers – a free New Zealand Defence Force six-week course that helps to improve young people’s self-discipline, self-confidence, motivation and initiative.

Since its launch, the work experience programme has provided 49 young people with work experience opportunities with local businesses.

For more information, including how your business can get involved, call 09 301 0101.


Youth connections - connecting young people with job and education opportunities

The Youth Connections Across Auckland pilot project based in ten local board areas is now rolling out. The project aims to assist young people into further education, employment or training, by providing connections through “local champions”. 

Visit the youth connections website

The project objectives are:

  • to ensure all young people leave school with a plan and a direction that will help them meet their potential
  • to provide local leadership and solutions to local issues and communities
  • to encourage the business community to take a leading role for the future of their workforce
  • to work collaboratively with Auckland’s young people, schools, youth programmes, employers and central government agencies.

Local board areas involved in Youth Connections Across Auckland are Whau, Henderson-Massey, Maungakiekie-Tāmaki, Māngere-Ōtāhuhu, Ōtara-Papatoetoe, Puketāpapa, Kaipātiki, Hibiscus and Bays, Rodney and Papakura.

For more information, contact us.


Youth connections - case study

The Human Rights Commission have put together a case study on the Youth Connections project. This study gives a good overview of the programme and its outcomes to date. Read the case study on the Human Rights Commission website.


Knowing Someone Cares

Our Community Action Youth and Drugs team (CAYAD) led this project with generous support from a number of individuals and organisations.

The study is a reflection of life experiences of at-risk West Auckland young people aged 14–24 captured in 2015.

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