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Why Youth Inspire has a high trust relationship with a family owned business

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“We know that by working together, mentoring and teaching skills to young people, that we are creating a strong support network for young people to thrive in the workplace” – Alilia Parker, Youth Advisor, Youth Inspire, Mayors Taskforce For Jobs

Why is the Youth Inspire and the Powder Coating Services & Metal Arts relationship important?

Powder Coating Services and Metal Art have been a partner of Youth Inspire right from the beginning. Carl and his family who own the businesses, are always willing to give our rangatahi work experience and employment opportunities. We know that by working together, mentoring and teaching skills to young people, that we are creating a strong support network for young people to thrive in the workplace. Having the longevity of a high trust relationship with Carl and his team, means we know that every rangatahi who is placed there is cared for and supported to be successful, building the next generation of workers.

What has been the most effective ways to build relationships with businesses in the community

Our Relationship Manager works with businesses that share our values and support our rangatahi to have opportunities to learn skills to enter the workforce. To help our businesses feel confident about taking on a young person we provide an Employer Tool Kit and ensure that they understand the employability skills that the young people are learning through the Youth Employability Programme. Showing that the work experience is reinforced by skills-based workshops and driver licensing provides validation to employers that these young people are willing to learn the skills to enter the work force. Regular and purposeful contact with the business is vital, especially when there are any issues that need to be addressed. The employer must be able to trust us to provide appropriate support for both the young person and the business in way that works for everyone – this can be tricky at time. We include our businesses in our YEP graduations, we promote their commitment in our Newsletters and social media, we take them morning tea and we invite them to local businesses events through our Chamber of Commerce – we want them to know that they are part of a team that changes lives and benefits their community.

What makes a young person successful in gaining work experience and/or work?

Having employability skills builds confidence in rangatahi. If a young person is confident they will say yes to opportunities, they will realise they are capable of learning new skills, asking questions and receiving feedback. Knowing that they are supported by organisations like Youth Inspire is also important, particularly if there is a speed bump at work.

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