Recog­ni­tion for work­ing youth

South Taranaki Star - - OUT & ABOUT - JANE MATTHEWS

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.

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