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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