Join Auckland’s Youth Employer Pledge to find young talent to future-proof your business and help it grow.

Auckland businesses are experiencing skills shortages and ageing workforces. Helping young people find work and career pathways is one way to make sure your business will have skilled and capable employees for the future.

And with one in five young Aucklanders not in employment, education or training, it’s not just good for business, but also the community. 

Why employ young people?

Employing young talent can bring a range of benefits to businesses. They can:

  • build a sustainable workforce for the long-term future of your business
  • fill your skills gaps
  • fill entry-level positions
  • be trained to fit specific roles
  • connect to youth customer segments and local communities
  • bring in diversity, new technologies and fresh ideas.



What is the Youth Employer Pledge?

The Youth Employer Pledge is a key initiative in Auckland’s Youth Employment Traction Plan, which exists to get more young people into work and career pathways.

Becoming a Youth Employer Pledge partner shows your commitment to employing young talent. As a partner, you’ll get access to a support package and tools to help you maximise the benefits of employing Auckland youth.

By signing the pledge, you’re going to enhance your business and help young people. It’s going to make your business young at heart.

Sir Stephen Tindall,
Founder of The Warehouse and The Tindall Foundation


YEP Video (Stephen Findall)

Pledge partners
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Auckland District Health Board
Fletcher Building
Auckland Council
IHG (Crown and Holiday Inn)
The Hilton
The Warehouse
G.J. Gardner Homes Rodney
The Stamford Plaza
Rainbows End
The Millenium Hotel
The Just Group
The Langham Hotel
Antares Restaurant Group Ltd (Burgerking)
Matrix Security
Publicis Loyalty Aurecon

The Trusts 
Domino's Pizza 
Sudima Hotel
Counties Manukau District Health Board
Wendy's Hamburgers 
Orion Health
First Security 
YHA Auckland 
KS Holdings 
UGL Limited
Butterfly Creek 
CaterPlus Services NZ Limited
Griffins Foods Limited 
HAYS Recruitment 
Kelly Services 
Kelly Tarlton's 
Manpower Group 
NZ Post 
NZME  Pride and Joy 
SKY Television 

Spotlight Limited 
Tonkin & Taylor
Villa Maria 
Auckland International Airport
Hawkins Group
Waste Management 
Watercare Services
Trade Me Jobs
YMCA Auckland 
CBD Energy Ltd- Licenced Retailer of Z Energy 
Cushman Wakefield
Dempsey Wood
Waitemata District Health Board

Success stories
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Find out how New Zealand’s fast-growing software company is building a talent pool with interns and graduates.


SKYCITY’s pre-employment programme, The Journey, has seen more than 140 young people from across Auckland kick start their careers in hospitality.

Auckland Council

Learn about Auckland Council’s three youth programmes – cadet, intern and graduate – that are creating opportunities for Auckland’s young career starters.

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The Warehouse

The Warehouse Group started its #retailcareers strategy two years ago and more and more young people are now joining the company.

Wharehine Group

After joining the Youth Employer Pledge programmes, Wharehine set a goal of increasing the proportion of young people in its business to 15 per cent.

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