Job scope through net­work

Matamata Chronicle - - News -

A new pro­gramme giv­ing Waikato teens skills to get work will be launched in Mata­mata.

Fu­tureForce Ac­tion Net­work (FAN) is the Smart Waikato Trust ini­tia­tive equip­ping re­gional em­ploy­ers to of­fer bet­ter work op­por­tu­ni­ties to young peo­ple.

The free-to-join net­work aims to help em­ploy­ers and ed­u­ca­tors to of­fer young peo­ple more work ex­pe­ri­ence, ap­pren­tice­ships, in­tern­ships, cadet­ships and jobs.

The net­work will be launched on Septem­ber 18.

Grant Mon­tague, owner of Mata­mata business Vik­ing Kayaks, en­cour­aged other small em­ploy­ers in the town to at­tend the launch.

‘‘I’d re­ally en­cour­age other em­ploy­ers to take young peo­ple on but they’ve got to have the right sys­tems and pro­cesses in place first. The tools Smart Waikato has de­vel­oped can help them do that in a sim­ple way,’’ he said.

He em­ploys seven young staff part-time and of­fers the best of them the chance to progress in his business.

His young em­ploy­ers per­form a range of tasks, from clean­ing the work­shop to cut­ting com­po­nents for the kayaks his company pro­duces.

He de­vel­oped a worker per­for­mance ap­praisal sys­tem giv­ing them bet­ter bound­aries, eval­u­a­tion, men­tor­ing and en­cour­age­ment for do­ing a good job.

‘‘ It’s a win- win be­cause they are get­ting good work ex­pe­ri­ence and I have a grow­ing pool of staff to choose from,’’ he said.

Or­gan­i­sa­tions at­tend­ing the launch will be given a pro­to­type FAN Quick Guide on how re­cruit young peo­ple.

Em­ploy­ers would also gain free ac­cess to a set of ro­bust on-line hu­man re­source tools to help them with plan­ning, se­lect­ing, in­duct­ing, men­tor­ing and eval­u­at­ing.

Smart Waikato chief ex­ec­u­tive and for­mer Mata­mata Col­lege stu­dent Mary Jensen said she was de­lighted to be launch­ing FAN in her home­town.

FAN was de­vel­oped in con­sul­ta­tion with a group of about 30 labour mar­ket stake­hold­ers rep­re­sent­ing business, lo­cal and cen­tral gov­ern­ment, ter­tiary edu-

to cation, in­dus­try train­ing, and Gate­way and ca­reer teach­ers.

Smart Waikato had used seed fund­ing from var­i­ous or­gan­i­sa­tion in­clud­ing Work and In­come.

‘‘The plan is to roll out the net­work based on where the need and fund­ing is first. The Mata­mataPi­ako dis­trict and Waikato west were high on the pri­or­ity list as we know em­ploy­ers there are mo­ti­vated to grow,’’ she said.

The Mata­mata FAN launch will be held from 5pm on Septem­ber 18 at Stan­ley Mod­u­lar, 6 Gar­land St ( off Man­gawhero Rd). Em­ploy­ers can RSVP to linda@ smart­

Mary Jensen

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