Simple and Effective Youth Opportunities That Wont Cost Your Business  

By Jake McKay | Posted: Wednesday April 27, 2016

Giving youth an employment-based opportunity doesn't only mean giving them a job. There are a variety of ways in which you as an established member of Dunedin's business community can give local youth a helping hand into employment.

Skills Based Opportunities:

Desk Shadowing 

Jobseekers accompany an experienced worker to see what their typical workday looks like.

Paid/Unpaid Internship

This is temporary work guided by more experienced workers with an emphasis on learning on the job. This may be in a paid or unpaid capacity.

Skills Review/Alignment Feedback

Coming together to discuss how current skills align with a chosen industry and to assess future avenues for training and upskilling.

Presentation Opportunities

Open Day

Opening business doors to the public to introduce your business or the industry to those considering potential career paths.

Booth at Career Day

Hosting a stall at organised career fairs to introduce jobseekers to a business or industry.

School Assembly Presentation

Introducing school aged youth to potential career and industry pathways.

Training Course Presentation

Presenting practical business experience to young people showing an interest in your given industry.

Industry Entry Discussion 

Experienced industry experts explaining possible modes of entry into specific career pathways.

Professional Development Opportunities:

Mock interview

A one-on-one training exercise, structured and conducted in the same manner as with a real job interview.

Offering Mentoring

A formal, career and personal development focused relationship between local experienced workers and youth.

CV Review

A Resumé review ensures content accurate and error free, and that experience and training match what employers are looking for.

Career Meeting

Meetings with workers and managers to discuss career expectations and what employers are really looking for.

Role Reversal Interview:

Reversing interviewee and interviewer roles, this gives youth the opportunity to ask their most relevant questions about a business or industry.

Conversational Opportunities

Coffee Date

A quick, informal meeting focused on checking in on the young person's career and personal development progress.

Business Walkthrough

This is swiftly showing a young person through a local business, introducing them to the industry and showing them how the organisation operates.

Qualification Opportunities:

NCEA Assessment

Encouraging youth to attain qualifications by offering on the job training via approved NCEA coursework.

Apprenticeship 

Formally teaching youth trade skills via a recognized apprenticeship programme.

Industry Based standard

Upskilling youth to a level consistent with that of the industry standard


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