July 16, 2021
Government to work with mayors on job creation
The Government has signed a memorandum of understanding with the Mayors Taskforce for Jobs to work in partnership on driver licensing, education, health and rangatahi mentoring.
Taskforce chair and Ōtorohanga mayor Max Baxter says access to driver licensing and testing remains a significant barrier for young people entering the workforce, especially for those in rural areas.
He says while the overall unemployment rate fell to 4.7 per cent for the March quarter, the proportion of people aged 15-24 years who were not in employment, education, or training rose from 14.4 percent to 13.1 percent.
Local Government Minister Nanaia Mahuta says over the last 12 months the taskforce has delivered 1,326 jobs for young people.
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