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Mayor Len Brown and his team sing a Waiata to welcome everyone.

In August, The Mayor’s Youth Employment Summit was held in Henderson, bringing together Mayor Len Brown, Youth Connections Across Auckland, the Auckland Youth Council, ZEAL West and employers. The summit was a great forum for young people to gain knowledge and practical skills on how to approach the job market and for employers to meet future talent and learn about how young people can be valuable team members in their businesses.

The Summit provided information for young people about how to prepare themselves for work through inspirational talks and workshops. Employers were available to talk to young people providing information about their companies and the current positions available.

A particular favourite workshop was the myth busters panel discussion session which dispelled untrue perceptions about Gen Y such as “Gen Y don’t want to put the hours in” and “Gen Y are arrogant with a strong sense of entitlement.” The panel, made up of young people, The Mayor and others, found that those myths and more are completely incorrect.

Youth Connections Across Auckland is a project led by Auckland Council in partnership with The Tindall Foundation, Mayors Taskforce for Jobs, Hugh Green Foundation and The Auckland Airport Trust.

Youth Connectors work with local businesses, youth services and schools to create connections  between young people and employers, providing leadership and solutions to local issues and  encouraging the business community to take a leading role for the future of their workforce.

Youth Connections is an initiative championed by Mayor Len Brown and Deputy Mayor Penny Hulse.