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Media release – Neat opportunity for NEET youth

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Media release


Neat opportunity for NEET youth

What has four letters and involves 28,600 Auckland youth?

NEET – those not in employment, education or training.

As at March 2018, 13.6 percent of 15- to 24-year-olds in Auckland were in the NEET category compared to the overall Auckland unemployment rate of only 4.5 percent.

NEET youth present an opportunity for Auckland employers seeking staff for entry level roles.

Last year, 46 percent of New Zealand businesses had trouble finding skilled labour and 27 percent with finding unskilled labour. Long-term skill shortages have been identified in a range of industries including agriculture, construction, engineering, trades and tourism.

To help address these issues, Auckland Council’s JobFest is, for the first time, collaborating with The New Zealand CareersExpo to support youth into the working world. CareersExpo helps secondary students transition from school to work while JobFest focuses on youth out of school.

“Young people are invaluable to our city; they’re our future and have so much to offer.” – Councillor Richard Hills

For full details visit OurAuckland.

For further information, For further information, please contact: Celina Thompson, Publicity Specialist Auckland Council, 021 544 506, celina.thompson@aucklandcouncil.govt.nz


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Media release

Neat opportunity for NEET youth

What has four letters and involves 28,600 Auckland youth?

NEET – those not in employment, education or training.

As at March 2018, 13.6 percent of 15- to 24-year-olds in Auckland were in the NEET category compared to the overall Auckland unemployment rate of only 4.5 percent.

NEET youth present an opportunity for Auckland employers seeking staff for entry level roles.

Last year, 46 percent of New Zealand businesses had trouble finding skilled labour and 27 percent with finding unskilled labour. Long-term skill shortages have been identified in a range of industries including agriculture, construction, engineering, trades and tourism.

To help address these issues, Auckland Council’s JobFest is, for the first time, collaborating with The New Zealand CareersExpo to support youth into the working world. CareersExpo helps secondary students transition from school to work while JobFest focuses on youth out of school.

“Young people are invaluable to our city; they’re our future and have so much to offer.” – Councillor Richard Hills

For full details visit OurAuckland

For further information, please contact: Celina Thompson, Publicity Specialist Auckland Council, 021 544 506, celina.thompson@aucklandcouncil.govt.nz

Note for editors

About JobFest

Thursday 24 May 2018
ASB Showgrounds
9.30am-3pm: Main exhibition for youth
5pm-7pm: Evening exhibition for parents and families

More information at www.jobfest.co.nz

NEET statistics:

Source: www.stats.govt.nz

Rates from March 2018 quarter, all seasonally unadjusted.

· Auckland overall rate: 4.5%

· Auckland youth (15-24 years) rate: 13.6%

· Auckland NZ-European youth: 11.8%. Sample error 2.7

· Auckland Māori youth: 21.6%. Sample error 6.4

· Auckland Pacific youth: 21.1%. Sample error: 5.0

· Auckland Asian youth: 10%. Sample error: 3.5

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