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Youthtown takes on Licence to Work

After six years in the region, a youth employability programme is changing providers.

Licence to Work (LTW) is a cross-sector, business-led initiative designed to respond to business and industry concerns that young people may not be developing the employability skills needed to succeed in the workplace. The aim of the programme is help get young people aged 16 to 24 work-ready.

A total of 404 young people have graduated from the programme in this region.

Not-for-profit organisation Youthtown, which operates around Aotearoa and was established in 1932, will take over the programme from regional economic development agency Trust Tairawhiti.

To receive their licence, students complete a minimum of 10 hours community work, 80 hours work placement and 18 hours of training modules.

Gill Higgins will remain in her role as regional programme coordinator.

“It's fantastic to see Licence to Work continue in our region and to provide an opportunity for tauira (students) to gain lifelong skills that will support them to gain employment and maintain their employment throughout their career journey.”

Youthtown chief executive Fay Amaral said it was “a pleasure and privilege” to support the successful foundations laid by Trust Tairawhiti.

“We are proud of the wonderful work in placements that our Licence to Work graduates have achieved and the recognition by local employers of the value of the programme.”