Enabling access for our diverse communities

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

The Context

The Waikato region is diverse in many senses, including its urban/rural balance, ethnicities, economic drivers, and age demographic structures. Youth remain a priority population for this initiative, noting that achieving positive outcomes for young people, not in education, employment or training, will require us to 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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The purpose of the Youth, Training, and Employment Steering Group is to:

  1. Identify (through collaboration) priorities for working groups, which will help to achieve the vision for this workstream

  2. Oversee and guide the execution of the identified working groups

  3. Recommend to the Waikato Plan Leadership Committee (WPLC) what the needs of the steering group

  4. Keep the voices of our communities at the centre of decision making through authentic engagement

  5. Enable the community to respond to the needs of employees/employers, trainees/ training providers, and youth across the Waikato

  6. Act as a clearing house for data, insights, and opportunities that emerge around youth, training, and employment in the Waikato


  • 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

Working Together