Hiring young people can help build a sustainable workforce for your company’s long-term future.

Auckland businesses will be employing more young people, as the region’s workforce is ageing. Young employees bring fresh ideas, digital skills and diversity into the workplace. They can also fill entry-level roles and be upskilled to meet the needs of businesses.

Attracting and supporting young employees

Recruiting young talent may require more than going through the usual recruitment channels. Here are a few tips for finding young employees and preparing your business.

  • Foster an inclusive work culture.
  • Support Māori and Pasifika staff networks.
  • Support initiatives for women in non-traditional roles and industries.
  • Set out expectations, providing feedback and rewards, and regularly discuss performance.
  • Set up support systems and training for new young employees to help them become work ready. This could include: 
    • pre-employment training or trial sessions
    • inductions
    • a buddy system
    • mentoring programmes.
  • Attend career fairs and youth expos.
  • Make guest presentations at training provider organisations.
  • Use social media to communicate.
  • Arrange for your current young employees to speak to other youth about their experiences.
  • Show that entry-level or seasonal work can lead to opportunities for training and career development.
  • Offer work experience and flexible work options.
  • Involve school and whanau support.
  • Partner with training and industry organisations.
  • Support youth work-ready programmes.
  • Offer earn while you learn, apprenticeships and other training programmes.

Tip: When recruiting youth, screen for soft skills if qualifications and experience are lacking. Visit Employment New Zealand for more tips on how to hire, train and progress young employees.

Connect with Auckland’s young talent
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Our initiatives that build young talent
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#BuildAKL is an initiative that aims to get Auckland’s young people into employment in the thriving construction and infrastructure industry.
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IDEAStarter is a competition to help young Auckland entrepreneurs turn their ideas into a business.
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The DIGMYIDEA Māori Innovation Challenge is a competition where young Māori entrepreneurs submit a digital business idea that has the potential to go global.
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Lion Foundation Young Enterprise Scheme (YES)

Designed for year 12 and 13 students, YES helps students set up and run a real business, and build foundational business skills and networks along the way. 

Programmes that build young entrepreneurial talent
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Velocity Entrepreneurship Programme

Velocity is about giving momentum to great ideas. With events such as speaker seminars, innovation competitions, workshops and clinics, the programme has helped forge over 110 ventures.
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For AUT students, staff or alumni with a great idea, Co.Starters@AUT can help turn that idea into a viable business and connect to a community of peers, mentors and business services.
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