Our bid for $250,000 to help drive local employment opportunities has been successful.
Mayor Toby Adams says the news couldn’t be more timely, particularly for young people and those out of work due to Covid-19.
“Jobseeker numbers in our district are up 60 per cent on figures from this time last year, with particularly high representation from those in their 20s, so this is really welcome,” he said.
Mayors Taskforce for Jobs
Mayors Taskforce for Jobs tasked with achieving at least 25 sustainable employment opportunities locally
The money will fund a community recovery programme developed by the Mayors Taskforce for Jobs in collaboration with the Ministry of Social Development. Regional Commissioner for Social Development Waikato, Te Rehia Papesch, has agreed to work closely with a community employment liaison officer appointed by Council to ensure Council’s programme compliments the work they’re doing.
With 10 months to achieve at least 25 sustainable employment opportunities, the Mayor can’t wait to get started.
“We’re champing at the bit to get the ball rolling on this and want to involve as many businesses as we can, so keep an eye on our website and Facebook page for updates,” the Mayor said.
We're on the lookout for a new Community employment liaison officer
As well as paying for a liaison officer, the programme will include other potential initiatives such as entry-level training, wage-based incentives, and support for businesses looking to take on staff. If successful in achieving the stipulated outcomes, the Council can apply for a further $250,000.
“This is a fantastic opportunity and we’re grabbing it with both hands,” the Mayor said.
If you know someone who is well connected in the business community and loves to see people thrive, send them to our Situations Vacant for more details and an online application.