IT help­ing youth into new jobs

Rotorua Weekender - - News - Shauni James

There is greater sup­port for young peo­ple want­ing to get in to the work­place with help from a new ded­i­cated youth team.

The team is us­ing an in­te­grated IT plat­form called youth­hub which fo­cuses on con­nect­ing youth 15 to 24 into em­ploy­ment and train­ing/ ed­u­ca­tion op­por­tu­ni­ties.

Young peo­ple cre­ate a youth­hub pro­file which shows skills and at­tributes that would be fea­tured in a CV but in a vis­ual way.

Ro­torua Youth Cen­tre man­ager Steve Holmes says they now have two nav­i­ga­tors to help young peo­ple con­nect with em­ploy­ers and a part­ner­ships bro­ker to help em­ploy­ers con­nect with youth. He says there are a lot of jobs avail­able and a lot of em­ploy­ers have joined.

“We want to get en­gage­ment from young peo­ple, show­ing who they are and cre­at­ing th­ese on­line pro­files.”

Steve says they re­cently had an ex­am­ple of how it works where a young per­son de­vel­oped an on­line pro­file through youth­hub, and then his mother shared his pro­file link.

An em­ployer saw it, of­fered the young man an in­ter­view, and he got the job within a week.

Youth­hub part­ner­ships bro­ker Kirsten Bangs says in­dus­try nights are start­ing up as a way for young peo­ple to meet with em­ploy­ers.

The first one is on November 14 with the trades and tim­ber in­dus­try.

“Youth can come and check out what the in­dus­try is about and how to get into the in­dus­try.”

There will also be work­shops on Wed­nes­days from 3pm to 4pm aimed at sup­port­ing youth to pro­file them­selves ef­fec­tively.

Kirsten says there are 45 lo­cal busi­nesses on board now, and youth­hub has been get­ting great feed­back from em­ploy­ers who are find­ing it ef­fec­tive.

“It gives them an op­por­tu­nity to put re­cruit­ment into re­verse. They wouldn’t sign up un­less they had good in­ten­tions.”

Nav­i­ga­tor Yas­min Bei­zlle says when it comes to young peo­ple putting them­selves out there it can feel alien­at­ing.

She says youth feel more con­fi­dent work­ing with them be­cause they are youth and have ex­pe­ri­ence with the same sit­u­a­tion.

Steve says this year’s youth­hub boost is pos­si­ble through Bay Bright Fu­tures.

The style and func­tion of youth­ has sim­i­lar­i­ties to Face­book, and in­te­grates In­sta­gram as a means to cap­ture a wider per­spec­tive of a young per­son’s so­cial record or life jour­ney.

There are job op­por­tu­ni­ties com­ing up and the youth­hub team at the Ro­torua Youth Cen­tre are en­cour­ag­ing youth to con­nect di­rectly with em­ploy­ers.

It is free to sign up.

Photo / Shauni James

Youth­hub nav­i­ga­tor Kas­sara Boaza (left), part­ner­ships bro­ker Kirsten Bangs and nav­i­ga­tor Yas­min Bei­zlle at the Ro­torua Youth Cen­tre.

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