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Young worker programme to guide bosses

The Minister of Employment has launched a programme aimed at helping employers engage more effectively with young employees.

Minister Willie Jackson said that the Youth Ready Employer Programme contained a range of online templates that employers could access to help with hiring and retaining young employees.

“The programme and its resources give a pathway to employers to follow and become youth-ready – something young people are looking for and prioritising when they’re looking for jobs,” Mr Jackson said.

“The focus is on finding ways to connect with the age group of 18 to 30-year-olds who we know have some common characteristics, operating styles and work expectations.”

He said the programme was a collaboration between the Ministry of Social Development, Auckland Business Chamber and UK businessmen, Jack Parsons and Ben Towers.

“Their focus is on helping employers understand, connect, recruit, develop and retain young people, while creating work environments that support wellbeing and positive mental health,” Mr Jackson said.

“New Zealand isn’t alone in trying to transition young people into work when there are the range of issues to overcome like social and economic disadvantage, mental health and other everyday barriers that block young people from accessing employment opportunities.”