Buller District Council

Council supports next generation

21st June, 2021

Buller District Council supports the next generation through partnering with Buller High School (BHS) and the Youth Employment Success (YES) program.

Two Buller High School students will gain insight and hands on experience into council’s work as part of BHS Work Experience program.

Council’s human resources and health and safety advisor Glenda Martyn says: “Our first work experience student is currently located at the NBS Theatre and will also support other departments to gain customer service and administration skills over the new few months. We have a second student starting at the end of July who will join the IT department.

It is great to have students on board and our departments are very keen to engage them.”

The BHS Work Experience program connects students with future employers within the district through the Gateways program.

Head of department pathways and career team leader Miriam Comeskey says: “The program is a great opportunity for our students to gain insight into different industries, acquire key hands-on skills, and test out what they like and don’t like.”

Council also is part of the Youth Employment Success (YES) program.  YES is an online platform based initiative that launched in 2016. YES brings together youth, aged 16-24 years, and employers, who offer free employment finding opportunities.

Participating employers select what opportunities they offer, which are featured on the YES website for rangatahi to apply for.  These opportunities include apprenticeships, coffee catch-ups, internships, mentoring and skills reviews.

“It is very rewarding to create these opportunities in partnership with YES for our community. It is worth the time we donate, empowering and assisting the next generation to gain skills, find a job, choosing a path, or prepare an application.”

Ms Martyn says: “We want to foster our next generation and raise awareness for what exciting work and training opportunities local government can offer.”

Since 2016, YES has seen 112 businesses throughout the country offering their time, close to 1,500 opportunity requests and nearly 20,000 unique visitors viewing the website.

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For more information please contact:
Glenda Martyn
Glenda.martyn@bdc.govt.nz

Use the link to view Council’s Youth Employment Success video

 

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