Growing Auckland’s future workforce

Published: 23 April 2015
Filed under: General news

Auckland’s employers are stepping up to develop their future workforce. Auckland Mayor Len Brown has co-signed eight youth Employer Pledges with large Auckland employers since November 2014 and another seven pledges are due to be signed by the end of this month. These businesses already employ over 20,000 people and through the pledges they are committing to employing more youth and creating career pathways that will drive future business growth.
SKYCITY Employer Pledge signing, January 2015. Source: Auckland Council

The goal is for 50 Auckland employers to sign pledges. These will include a range of large and medium sized firms who can benefit from employing young people.

Employers who’ve already pledged their commitment to youth employment include Fletchers Group, The Warehouse, SKYCITY, and Intercontinental Hotels Group. Each employer receives a kite mark logo that recognises them as a youth employer, and is able to access support to help it achieve successful youth employment results.

Many of Auckland’s large employers have youth employment and training programmes in place to address their current and future workforce needs. The employer pledges celebrate and build on these initiatives.

The pledges mobilise business, ATEED, Auckland Council, and philanthropic resources from the Tindall Foundation, to address common barriers to youth employment. Together these organisations will grow youth employment at regional and local levels, and support innovation to address sector-wide challenges and simplify youth recruitment.

Initial sectors of focus are construction, hospitality and retail; information, communications and technology, and health. These key Auckland economic growth sectors are already experiencing skills shortages and provide entry level positions for Auckland’s youth.

Tapping into Auckland’s youthful population will give businesses a competitive edge. Ageing populations mean businesses across New Zealand and globally will increasingly struggle to find and develop their future workforce.

Theresa Rorason is ATEED’s Strategic Business Development Manager and works with employers the hospitality and retail sectors to identify their pledge actions. She says: “It’s fantastic hearing from Auckland’s businesses about how they’re developing their future workforces. I’m looking forward to working with pledge partners to break down barriers such as work-readiness and job matching, and sharing what works for their business with other employers.”

Auckland Skills and Employment Hub
Businesses get support to deliver the actions in their pledges from the ATEED-hosted Auckland Skills and Employment Hub, which is supported by major sponsors the Tindall Foundation, ATEED and Auckland Council.
The Hub is a shared space where businesses, government, and other groups can come together to co-design and prototype youth employment pilots. The Hub recently delivered JobFest15 which brought together 50 employers with over 300 vacancies and 2,000 young people.

Interested in becoming an employment pledge partner?
To find out more about becoming an Employment Pledge partner contact:
Theresa Rorason – hospitality and retail sectors
Melissa Hall – construction and ICT sectors