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Successful Youth Transitions. Mayors Taskforce for Jobs 22 April 2004. Why focus on youth?. Most youth make successful transitions to study or work However, at any point in time 10–15% of 15 to 19 year olds are not in education, training or work Some of this group are highly at risk

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Successful youth transitions

Successful Youth Transitions

Mayors Taskforce for Jobs

22 April 2004


Why focus on youth

Why focus on youth?

  • Most youth make successful transitions to study or work

  • However, at any point in time 10–15% of 15 to 19 year olds are not in education, training or work

  • Some of this group are highly at risk

  • Others may make poor choices and risk long term unemployment


What if we don t act

What if we don’t act?

  • Poor youth outcomes have high social and economic costs

  • The world of work is changing rapidly: young people must have viable options for their future

  • Youth non-participation will increase as the baby blip reaches 15 to 19 years of age over the next decade


A goal for youth

A goal for youth

  • The need for a goal to focus effort on youth arose independently at national and local Government levels

  • In October 2002 Government and MTFJ agreed: ‘by 2007, all 15 – 19 year olds will be engaged in appropriate education, training, work or other options that will lead to long term economic independence and well being’


Successful transitions a framework

Successful transitions: a framework

NZ already has many of the features the OECD considers effective, including:

  • Well organised pathways connecting education, training and the labour market

  • Workplace experience combined with education

  • Transitions systems aimed at potential school leavers and unemployed youth

  • Good information and guidance about services at school and post school

  • Effective institutions and processes


A multi year work programme

A multi-year work programme

  • A core group of Government agencies are working together: DOL, MSD, MOE and TEC.

  • Career Services, Ministry of Youth Development, Treasury, Te Puni Kokiri, and Ministry of Pacific Island Affairs contribute expertise

  • Consultation with Mayors Taskforce for Jobs

  • Recommendations for Budget funding (Budget 2003: a $56.6M package including expanding Gateway and Modern Apprenticeships)


3 priorities for 2004

3 priorities for 2004

  • Enhancing careers information, advice and guidance

  • Improving coordination of post-school local support services for at-risk youth

  • Improving vocational education and training in schools


Next stage priorities

Next stage priorities

  • Identifying future job opportunities for youth in industry

  • Considering financial incentives for young people to participate in education and training

  • Improving the transition support services for young people with disabilities


Signs of improvement

Signs of improvement

  • Youth unemployment has declined

  • Youth benefit receipt has declined

  • Higher youth participation in tertiary education and training

  • Significant expansion of work-based learning pathways


Challenges next steps

Challenges/next steps

  • Reinforce crucial elements of a successful transitions framework

  • Continuing need for coordination of efforts at national, regional and local levels

  • A vital role for partnerships

  • Involving young people and keeping their needs and interests paramount throughout the process


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