Youth, training, and employment

Enabling access opportunities for employment, education and training in our diverse Waikato communities by collaborating, listening and clearing barriers to employment.

Enabling accessibility for our diverse communities

The Waikato region is diverse in many ways, including our urban/rural balance, ethnicities, economic drivers, and age demographic structures.


The opportunity to enable education, employment, and training for all will require local knowledge, joined-up thinking, and concerted action from a range of stakeholders.


Youth remain a priority population for this initiative, and to achieve positive outcomes for young people not in education, employment or training, we work with those in the operational spaces, such as the Waikato Wellbeing Project.


Our Principles

  • Coalition of the willing

  • Mahia te mahi ‘getting the job done’

  • Working together, working smarter

  • Celebrate success

  • Keep youth, training providers, and employers at the core of our mahi

  • Remain aligned to the Waikato Plan

The Opportunity

This initiative has been a priority action under the Waikato Plan since its inception.  Partnerships between key players and support for local community and rohe specific ambitions will make the Youth, Training, and Employment initiative a success. The steering group occupy a much needed space to collectively act as a clearing house for data, insights, and opportunities that emerge around Youth, Training, and Employment in the Waikato.


The Youth, Training, and Employment steering group will collaborate with relevant sectors sharing common goals in order assist to reduce unnecessary duplication, share and celebrate each other’s work, and maximise resource opportunities for our people in the Waikato.

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  • Those wishing to be employed do not experience barriers to resources, confidence, training, and/or access

  • Training providers and employers are prepared to meet the needs of priority groups

  • Increased and varied opportunities for connection across youth, training providers, and employers

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