Young at Heart Awards Nominee Finalists Announced

Date: Wednesday 5 October
Time: 6.30pm-9.30pm
Location: The Langham Auckland, 83 Symonds Street

Auckland Tourism, Events and Economic Development is pleased to announce the finalists for the 2016 Young at Heart Awards which recognise the contribution of Auckland’s Youth Employer Pledge partners.

 

Young at Heart Awards 2016 Nominees

Auckland Youth Employer of the Year Award 2016
Nominee Finalists are:

  •  AWF
  •  Pride and Joy
  •  Rainbow’s End
  •  Fletcher Building
  •  Auckland Airport
  •  SKYCITY

Industry Leadership Award
Nominee Finalists are:

  •  Yellow
  •  The Warehouse
  •  Auckland Airport
  •  Fletcher Building
  •  SKYCITY
  •  Rainbow’s End

Innovative Youth Employer Award
Nominee Finalists are:

  •  KPMG
  •  Domino’s
  •  Xero
  •  Rainbows End
  •  Fletcher building
  •  The Warehouse

JobFest Exhibitor Award 2016
Nominee Finalists are:

  •  The Langham Auckland
  •  Burger King
  •  InterContinental Hotels Group
  •  Sudima Auckland Airport
  •  Rainbow’s End
  •  Fletcher Building

Local Youth Employer Award
Nominee Finalists are:

  •  Veolia
  •  TeleTech
  •  Rainbows End
  •  The Warehouse
  •  Auckland Airport
  •  Sudima Auckland Airport

Maori and Pacifica Diversity Award
Nominee Finalists are:

  •  Vodafone
  •  Spotless
  •  KPMG
  •  Auckland Council
  •  Fletcher Building
  •  The Warehouse

School Engagement and Work Experience Award
Nominee Finalists are:

  •  Hilton Auckland
  •  Orion Health
  •  Downer
  •  Auckland Airport
  •  The Warehouse
  •  Rainbows End

Youth Employment Programme Award
Nominee Finalists are:

  •  Domino’s
  •  Downer
  •  Auckland Airport
  •  Fletcher Building
  •  Vodafone
  •  Rainbow’s End

Youth Induction and Development Award
Nominee Finalists are:

  •  InterContinental Hotels Group
  •  Xero
  •  KPMG
  •  SKYCITY
  •  Rainbow End
  •  Fletcher Building

Youth In-Work Mentoring Award
Nominee Finalists are:

  •  Aurecon
  •  Fletcher Building
  •  Downer
  •  Sudima Auckland Airport
  •  Domino’s
  •  The Warehouse

 

Meet our Young at Heart Awards Judges Panel 2016

Jody Hamilton- JMP Consulting

Jody Hamilton is the Director of JMP Consulting, a management consulting company that specialises in strategic, management and operational advice in the areas of employment strategies, business and community development. JMP Consulting undertakes work with a diverse and dynamic range of people, communities, businesses and organisations, particularly Maori and Indigenous entities. Jody has an extensive background in managing programmes, projects and services in the community, private and government sectors across New Zealand, Australia and Canada.

Throughout her career, Jody has led the delivery of a number of relevant key strategic projects across New Zealand, Australia and Canada, including:

• Development and implementation of the Australian Government’s Indigenous Economic Development Strategy
• Project Lead for the Sustainable Business Council’s (Business NZ) Social Impact workstream, targeting employment outcomes for vulnerable young New Zealanders
• Development and implementation of the Aboriginal Skills and Employment Partnership program, with corporate Canada.

DALE WILLIAMS ONZM JP NZTCMCE FMTA

Dale began a career in the New Zealand Motor Industry, serving an apprenticeship on leaving school. A very proud Certified Motorcycle Engineer by trade Dale established his first franchised Dealership in Otorohanga aged 23, owning several highly successful King Country businesses over 19 years, employing young people and training many apprentices.

After serving 9 years on Otorohanga District Council and Community Board, Dale was elected Mayor of the Otorohanga District in 2004, serving 3 terms re- elected unopposed, when he led the development of Community led initiatives to support local young people transition to work, achieving full youth employment and a vibrant local economy. Dale's six year Chairmanship of the Mayors Taskforce for Jobs saw a Youth to Work Strategy released, based on the Otorohanga experience, for all communities to follow.

Dale is a practical, inspirational and entertaining commentator on the challenges and opportunities of 'Young people, Transitions and Jobs', 'Community Ownership and Leadership' and the ‘Zero Waste of Youth’.

Maria Fastnedge, Business Advisor/Facilitator/Owner

Maria is passionate, about youth, She says: “We need to support, nurture & encourage them as they are our future. I am currently involved in community work which reflects both my Pacific origins and passion for entrepreneurship. Travel and education being my other passions – never too old to travel or learn! Until late last year I was a Business Facilitator/Advisor at Pacific Business Trust for 6 years.

“[I’m] A director of family owned business Techspan, where I worked for a number of years in various roles developing a passion for business, which led me into mentoring others wanting to learn or develop their business/ideas. Various roles in diverse industries including; - real estate, travel, hospitality, telcon and IT means I can pass on knowledge learned from those roles.

“A YES mentor for past over 6 years, name Mentor 2015 for the West & South Auckland regions which reflects my passion for youth entrepreneurship.”

Current Involvements: -

• Deputy Chair of Pacifica Mamas Arts & Cultural Trust
• President of Wake Up! Communicate Toastmasters Club
• Member of Tasman Academy Advisory Panel
• Member of P.A.C.I.F.I.C.A West
• Facilitator of TOTARA Connect leadership pilot Years 9 & 10 (Henderson High School)
• Young Enterprise Scheme mentor
• BMNZ mentor, was part of the Pacific Mentor program

Proudest Achievements:

• Henderson High School - Youth Leadership Programme,  Year 11,12 & 13 (under Wake Up! Communicate Toastmaster Club) for the past 2 years
• Project Manager of Financial Literacy Pilot delivered to Pacific Steel (under PBT)

Young at Heart Awards 2016 Categories:

Main Award: Auckland Youth Employer Of the Year Award 2016

 

Criteria:  Applicants who are considered for the Auckland Youth Employer of the Year Award show recognition of the following:

 

• Youth Employer pledge partners are employing young people as a direct result of the youth employer pledge partnership

• Youth Employer Pledge Partners have attended JobFest and employed young people through it

• Have a youth friendly approach to youth recruitment, i.e. on-boarding programme, internship/cadetship or graduate programme

• Displays innovative approaches to youth recruitment

• Engages with youth stakeholders, tertiary providers or schools

• Encourages other businesses to make the youth employer pledge

• Supports other businesses with youth engagement or recruitment

• Sees young people as a critical part of their business

• Develops young people through the business with access to training opportunities

• Changed your internal employment processors to better support young people and increase retention

• Supports Maori and Pacific diversity and engagement

Youth Engagement and Support

 

JobFest Exhibitor Award 2016

 

Criteria: Applicants who are considered for the JobFest Exhibitor 2016 Award show recognition of the following:

 

• Must have participated as a business in at least one JobFest event

• Has had meaningful contact with young people and employed young people as a result of JobFEST

• Youth Employer Pledge partners show an ongoing commitment to attending further JobFest events


School Engagement and Work Experience Award

 

Criteria:  Applicants who are considered for the School Engagement and Work Experience Award show recognition of the following:

 

• Youth Employer Pledge Partners support young people to experience the world of work through initiatives such as career conversations, gateway or work experience within their business

• Is committed to working with local schools and offered/developed Gateway funded training and/or work experience opportunities

• Works with local schools to grow its youth recruitment pipeline


Youth In-Work Mentoring Award

 

Criteria:  Applicants who are considered for the Youth In-Work Mentoring Award show recognition of the following:

 

• Youth Employer Pledge partners have internal processors to support young people once they are employed

• Youth Employer Pledge partners work with existing stakeholders that can mentor or support young people

• Has allocated an internal staff member to work one on one with young employees who require extra assistance and/or support


Youth Induction and Development Award

 

Criteria:  Applicants who are considered for the Youth Induction and Development Award show recognition of the following:

 

• Youth Employer Pledge Partners have successfully implemented youth friendly on- boarding processers or strategies that support young people for the first three months of employment

• Businesses have allocated resources or on-going support to retain young people in their jobs

Youth Employment Leadership

 

Industry Leadership Award

 

Criteria:  Applicants who are considered for the Industry Leadership Award show recognition of the following:

 

• Youth Employer Pledge partners display leadership within their industry to support youth employment programmes or initiatives
• Youth Employer pledge partners work in collaboration with other businesses within their sector to address youth employment
• Businesses champion and promote their industry as a successful career choice for young people


Maori and Pacifica Diversity Award

 

Criteria:  Applicants who are considered for the Maori and Pacifica Diversity Award show recognition of the following:

 

• Displays effective cultural awareness and competency
• Celebrates Māori and Pasifika culture
• Targets specific opportunities and initiatives to Māori and Pasifika young people
• Engages whanau and wider Māori and Pasifika community
• Recruits locally to address transport barriers.


Local Youth Employer Award

 

Criteria:  Applicants who are considered for the Local Youth Employer Award show recognition of the following:

 

• Youth Employer Pledge partners engage with local communities to grow the employability and the community youth pipeline
• Engages with local youth providers, programmes or organizations to support youth employment
• Supports local youth into local work


Youth Employment Programme Award

 

Criteria: Applicants who are considered for the Youth Employment Programme Award show recognition of the following:

 

• Youth Employer Pledge partners currently have a dedicated internship, cadetship, graduate, on-the-job (including apprenticeship), or other youth employment programme to develop young people who have joined their business
• Have employed and is developing young people through the programme
• The programme supports training and on-going development of young people


Innovative Youth Employer Award

 

Criteria:  Applicants who are considered for the Innovative Youth Employer Award show recognition of the following:

 

• Youth Employer Pledge partners have developed innovative strategies and concepts to support youth employment, recruitment or on-boarding
• Has an innovative approach and is open to a new way of doing things
• Has worked on a new youth initiative throughout the development stage

Young at Heart 2015 Award Recipients:

  • JobFest Exhibitor 2015 Award– The Just Group
  • Industry Leadership Award – Intercontinental Hotels Group
  • School Engagement and Work Experience Award – McDonalds Restaurants NZ
  • Youth In-Work Mentoring Award – Downer NZ
  • Maori and Pacifica Diversity Award – Aurecon
  • Local Youth Employer Award– The Warehouse
  • Youth Induction and Development Award – Xero
  • Youth Employment Programme Award – Domino’s Pizza New Zealand Ltd
  • Innovative Youth Employer Award – SKYCITY
  • Auckland Youth Employer of the Year Award- Rainbow’s End