Recognition for working youth
Last year Chris Udy got a call telling him he had been nominated for the South Taranaki Youth to Work Awards.
‘‘I was in the 20 to 24-year-old Category and I ended up winning first place in that,’’ Udy said.
The Youth to Work Awards are part of the Mayors Task Force for Jobs and recognise both youth in the workforce and their employers and trainers. The nominations for the awards close at the end of this week.
Udy, who works for Andrew Purser Panelbeaters, was nominated by his previous training adviser. He has extensive qualifications, one of which not many people have done throughout New Zealand - level 5 Advanced Technical.
‘‘I think that’s half the reason I won, just through my training and dedication to the job really,’’ Udy said.
He encouraged others to get involved in the awards - despite the fact he knew nothing about them before he was nominated.
Ella Borrows, the community development adviser for the South Taranaki District Council, said this was her first year involved in the event, but if ’’I talked too long about it I’d probably cry.
‘‘It’s amazing just listening to some of the managers around the council saying how inspirational it is to go to that award night, to see even people who haven’t won a prize to be scrubbed up and proud and got family all around them,’’ she said. Mayor Ross Dunlop agreed.
‘‘It’s a very heart-warming evening with some really good stories and some good people,’’ Dunlop said. ’’It is such an important area getting our young people into work. So those who have achieved it successfully, we want to acknowledge and celebrate.’’
There are six awards handed out on the evening in November - two of which have only been introduced this year. The youth awards win a scholarship to go on the Outward Bound New Zealand course.
The new awards are Learning to Employment and the Te Pae Tawhiti Award.
The Learning to Employment Award recognises someone who has done well despite obstacles standing in their way. The Te Pae Tawhiti Award recognises a Maori youth who is doing well in the workforce or training.
Borrows said youth could nominate themselves, or be nominated.
Ross Scott from Fonterra, winner of the 20-24 Young Achiever category Chris Udy and Mayor Ross Dunlop at the 2016 Youth to Work Awards.