Job scope through network
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@ smartwaikato.co.nz.