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Focus on getting youth into work

Last updated 05:00 15/04/2014

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Mayor Len Brown is setting up an office to co-ordinate the efforts of Auckland Council, local boards and businesses to boost youth employment.

He told a summit to launch the Youth Employment Traction Plan that despite signs of an improving economy, youth unemployment in the city is still too high.

More than 27,000 young Aucklanders are not in education, employment or training, and more than half of this group were Maori and Pacific, Brown says.

"We simply can't afford to have so many of our young people at risk of a lifetime of unemployment, particularly at a time when our region is experiencing strong economic growth," he says.

The council says the youth employment plan will build on the Youth Connections Across Auckland initiative that has helped more than 500 young people find jobs.

The council will work with Auckland Tourism, Event and Economic Development, businesses and the Government to develop solutions for employing young people.

The work will be co-ordinated by a "traction hub" at ATEED's downtown office.

It will encourage more of the Auckland region's local boards to back youth employment initiatives.

Brown says that out of 21 local boards in the Auckland region, only 10 were taking part in the Youth Connections programme. 

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- Manukau Courier

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