Scheme helps teens land jobs

South Auckland school leavers are set to benefit from a youth employment and skills scheme launched last night. 

The Youth Connections programme aims to improve employment prospects for young people in the Otara-Papatoetoe and Mangere-Otahuhu local board areas by providing them with skills and business connections.

It is already operating in the Puketapapa local board area where the first seven participants have secured jobs. It also recently launched in the Hibiscus and Bays local board area and boards in Maungakiekie-Tamaki, Whau, Henderson and Massey are developing programmes. 

"Youth Connections is a great opportunity for businesses to invest in their future workforce to build strong, sustainable businesses. It's a win-win situation which will see our local youth upskilled and transitioned into work," Otara-Papatoetoe Local Board chairman John McCracken said. 

Improving youth employment was one of Mayor Len Brown's major achievements, according to a scorecard released on Tuesday rating the council's performance across a number of measures. 

Youth unemployment dropped 16.4 per cent on 2011 results.

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