"Local research has shown that there are over 140 organisations with a youth focus in Nelson and Tasman. However young people are still falling through the gaps.
As Judge Paul Whitehead said when sentencing a 17 year old Nelson youth, "……you appear to have fallen between the cracks because no one is prepared to assist you at all".
Nelson Mail 29 May 2003
WHO and WHERE
To achieve this goal, it is crucial that key organisations work together to support young people towards a positive employment future.
Establishing a mechanism to coordinate assessment of and responses to young people.
Improving central and local Government funding arrangements with providers who deliver a range of services for youth in Nelson/Tasman.
The Steering Group will oversee the establishment of a charter and will provide leadership and commitment in developing a strategy that achieves the goals of the three focus areas.
Focus Area One:
Establish databases of Employers, Young People, and Service Providers. Provider categories to include Education, Training, Employment, Entrepeneurship, Health, Recreation, Arts, Social.
Develop individual modularised career plans and undertake post- placement tracking of each young person in line with their plan.
Research employers to determine their specific skill and workforce needs in the next 5-10 years and the key difficulties experienced when employing youth. Develop helpful interventions that would assist them to employ young people.
Develop activities and programmes as required.
Undertake continual analysis and assessment to maintain a fit with the aims of Nelson Tasman Connections.
Focus Area Two:
WHAT WE GAVE MONEY FOR
PARTNERS and SUPPORTERS In addition to the funding from the Employment Catalyst Fund (supported by the Mayors Taskforce for Jobs), additional funding was provided by Nelson City Council (direct and in kind),Tasman District Council and Work and Income.
The Steering Group is comprised of representatives from Nelson City Council, Tasman District Council, Nelson and Tasman Secondary Schools, Child, Youth and Family, the Police, Te Puni Kokiri, Ministry of Social Development, Work and Income, Tertiary Education Commission, and Nelson Marlborough Health Board.
Nelson City Council
— Paul Matheson, Mayor of Nelson