Inspired by Dale Williams (former Mayor of Otorohonga), the Taupo Pathways for Young People is a collective that has adapted the established 'Mayors Taskforce for Jobs' model and morphed it to reflect the Taupo environment and the unique challenges facing our young people.
There appears to be a major disconnect between the number of young people leaving school with few employment prospects, and local businesses that are sourcing staff from outside the district.
The aim of the group is that all young people under 25 in the Taupo District are engaged in appropriate education, training, work or positive activities leading to meaningful employment.
We recently hosted an Employers Briefing evening in the industrial area to explain the purpose for the taskforce. The goal for this event was to encourage local employers to employ local young people, provide young people with work experience, allow us to understand the current barriers to employing young people, and to assess what skills young people require to be eligible for employment.
To learn more about Taupō Pathways, head over to taupopathways.co.nz