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Workshop planned for youth employment initiative

March 2nd, 2017
[by David Armstrong]

The next step in a Motueka youth employment initiative will be a "Pro-action Cafe" workshop later this month involving local businesses, youth and training providers.

This follows the release of a comprehensive report by Vision Motueka trustee Linda Glew assembling information from a wide range of people and organisations involved in youth leadership and training. (See our earlier article.)

Linda wants to hear from any Motueka business owners who would like to contribute ideas for taking the next step, or to investigate the issue more fully.

The workshop will be held at the Top 10 Holiday Park conference room on Wednesday March 29th, from 9.00m to 1.00pm. Due to catering needs, attendees are asked to register.

The workshop will be led by an external professional facilitator and guided along a process of taking what is known of the current situation and seeking ideas and partnerships that may offer solutions to one of the key issues facing Motueka.

The shortage of well-paid jobs and the prevalence of seasonal, low-paid service jobs has long been known as a significant challenge for the future of Motueka.

The key purpose of the workshop collective brainstorming and generating ideas of things that could be done to advance the project's key goal of "finding meaningful jobs for Motueka's young people and keep them engaged in the community", says Linda.

"We are hoping those attending will be energised and want to increase ownership of issue and opportunity and what could happen next.

"We are looking for people wanting to take leadership roles in helping move next steps forward, and build from strengths already in the community which were identified in the report.

"We also want to have young people's voices as part of this hui. Already a few have offered to come and provide a youth perspective."

She expects that the facilitator will help participants quickly summarise what's gone before, and identify key themes, needs, ideas to date. It won't be a time to relitigate problems that are already known.

"A pro-action cafe format is forward focused, building relationships and connections between local stakeholders," Linda says. "It's not just a talkfest, but a way of injecting and combining new ideas and building new networks."

Linda can be contacted through Vision Motueka's email address,

The workshop is funded by a grant from Pub Charities.

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