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Pictured: Youth2Work Wairarapa team with Kuranui College students, Rachel Butler-Peck (Kuranui College Careers Advisor)and Carterton Mayor Greg Lang.
Youth2Work Wairarapa has been working side by side with rangatahi to get the best results. Having supported Kuranui Colleges ‘Moving On’ Day in partnership with REAP Wairarapa – the next step was to work one on one with students who are transitioning from school to work next year.
The Youth2Work Team of Kylie Brady, Jenny Gasson and John Roberts work with the students on career paths, how to get into sustainable employment, and investigating further study options. They have a number of tools and work in partnership with the careers advisors to help get students ‘work ready’.
“This is the second year we’ve tried this approach and the one on one work really benefitted the Rangatahi so we just had to come for another year” says Youth2Work Team Leader Kylie Brady.
“It’s been great to see the students already have part-time jobs and are getting vital skills needed in today’s work environment”.
“With COVID-19 less of a focus now, GAP years have been a topic of great discussion amongst the students, with a number opting to defer university to work and save”.
Youth2Work Wairararapa is a programme facilitated by REAP Wairarapa and financially supported by Carterton District Council and The Mayors Taskforce for Jobs (MTFJ). A new agreement was recently signed, with a goal to have another 50 rangatahi into sustainable employment by June 2023.
Mayor Greg Lang is excited about the partnership. “It creates the best possible results for the students, and with the preparation before, and the pastoral care after, it’s built for success. It’s cool to be part of the mahi.”