The intention is to develop our local potential employees comprised of unemployed and youth not in education, employment or training (NEETS) and place them into sustainable jobs which are available within Tairāwhiti.
Trust Tairāwhiti is working with its CARE (Commitment, Action and Reciprocity leading to Employment) partners to build out the initiative.
CARE has representatives from industry, Iwi and government agencies who are collectively looking to support development opportunities.
Currently Tairāwhiti has 6.3% of our workforce unemployed compared with 4.1% nationally.
We also have approximately 1,300 15-24 year olds in region who are currently not in employment or education which provides an opportunity for economic growth if the challenges of training and pastoral care can be resolved.
The fulfilment of local jobs by local employees avoids exacerbating the housing shortages and enhances our regional wellbeing as it will have positive effects on our Ōhanga (Economy), Hapori (Communities) and Tūhono (Relationships) Muka in particular.
A key element of this is actioning the Workforce Development Plan which is due for release at the start of next year.
The plan is initially focussed on priority sectors of horticulture, forestry, tourism, and civil construction.
These sectors continue to grow and support our post-COVID economic recovery and have many jobs which are currently unfilled.
The first employment coordinator has just started with Trust Tairāwhiti and will be getting out and about meeting with stakeholders ahead of the new year.