Helping youth into jobs or training
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.
Nataliah Cherry credits Youthworks’ Jordyn Crawford’s help for getting her job at Waitomo Caves.