Help­ing youth into jobs or train­ing

Matamata Chronicle - - Out & About - ABBY BROWN

Natal­iah Cherry is one of 24 young peo­ple that Youthworks Mata­mata was able to help find em­ploy­ment or train­ing in 2015.

The 19-year-old has been work­ing part-time at Wait­omo Caves since De­cem­ber.

The perks of work­ing at the booth in Mata­mata sell­ing tick­ets to the caves was she had been on two of the six trips through the caves for free, so that she could con­fi­dently talk about the pack­ages of­fered.

She said Youthworks helped her be­come work ready by help­ing her pol­ish her CV and in­ter­view skills.

She said the group, based at Starfish’s 58 Rawhiti St premise, was ex­tremely im­por­tant to youth. ‘‘Once you leave school some peo­ple don’t want to go back there for work ad­vice.’’

Youthworks youth co­or­di­na­tor Jor­dyn Craw­ford said lo­cal em­ploy­ers had seen the value in the or­gan­i­sa­tion.

They had 35 em­ploy­ers come along to their break­fast meet­ing last March.

Youthworks board mem­ber Jo McNaughton said the group worked with a wide range of young peo­ple. ‘‘It is not only one de­mo­graphic; not just dis­en­gaged youth.’’ Craw­ford agreed and said that some of their clients were ‘‘per­fectly qual­i­fied’’ school leavers or univer­sity grad­u­ates, and even peo­ple re­turn­ing from work­ing over­seas.

She said most of the young men who were look­ing for work through them were want­ing to get into the build­ing or agri­cul­tural in­dus­try.

The girls, re­gard­less of their skills and ex­pe­ri­ence, were will­ing to do any kind of job, as long as it was in­side.

They said they were cau­tious about send­ing clients out to look for work be­fore they were ready. They had to feel con­fi­dent that the clients would be re­li­able.

A big chal­lenge was bal­anc­ing the num­ber of clients with job op­por­tu­ni­ties.

‘‘We don’t want to get them work ready and then not have some­thing for them to go in­tothat would make them feel a bit de­spon­dent.’’

Em­ploy­ees want­ing to of­fer em­ploy­ment or train­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties and youth look­ing for em­ploy­ment ad­vice and sup­port can con­tact Youthworks via info@youthworks@mata­mata .org.nz or by ring­ing 027 777 7253.

PHOTO: ABBY BROWN

Natal­iah Cherry cred­its Youthworks’ Jor­dyn Craw­ford’s help for get­ting her job at Wait­omo Caves.

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