Getting young people into jobs.

Mayors Taskforce for Jobs Whanganui

Mayor's Taskforce for Jobs

The Mayors Taskforce for Jobs (MTFJ) is a nationwide network of New Zealand’s Mayors, working together towards the vision of all young people 16-25 engaged in employment, education, training, or other positive activity in their communities.

The programme is led by rural and provincial Mayors and delivered by MTFJ teams in partnership with local MSD teams. WDETT are pleased to work alongside the Whanganui District Council to deliver this programme to our Whanganui community.

MTFJ Vision:

The purpose of the MTFJ is to facilitate a supportive network of Mayors to allow each community to learn from the experiences of each other as they each strive to achieve the Taskforce’s Vision:

That all young people under 25 be engaged in appropriate education, training work or positive activities in their communities.

The MTFJ programme delivers:

  • A Whanganui coordinator who conducts support for youth to be retained or placed into employment
  • Pastoral care for job seekers
  • Support for businesses who employ young jobseekers through the programme

MTFJ Objectives:

  • Facilitate community solutions which encourage improved: pathway development, access, retention and achievement of youth outcomes within education, training and employment
  • Support the most vulnerable youth communities in New Zealand [1] to increase possibilities for the future
  • Engage with Maori and Pasifika communities to support culturally relevant solutions which build the capacity of young people and their families
  • Build strong partnerships to encourage collaboration, community ownership and development

[1] ‘Vulnerable youth communities’ refers to those with high-youth unemployment rates, low educational and training outcomes and high Deprivation Index ratings.

Rural Community Resilience Programme

The Mayors Taskforce for Jobs has partnered with the Ministry of Social Development to lead the Rural Community Resilience Programme. This Programme places NEETS (young people not in education, employment, or training), people living with disabilities and other disadvantaged people into work. This $14 million Programme will place over 1450 people into sustainable employment in rural communities throughout the motu.

People in rural New Zealand often face exacerbated challenges when entering into the labour force, these challenges include a lack of access to skill development pathways, driver licencing and testing facilities and a lack of access to employers.

The partnership is changing the face of local government and reinforcing that councils, led by their mayors, are well placed, and connected to their communities to facilitate local employment outcomes.  They have the boots on the ground, the local knowledge and expertise, to create solutions to the challenges that face their community.  Each council has a localised programme, which is unique to their own challenges and key industries.  Below is a video from Central Hawke's Bay District Council, who have created a mobile MTFJ Employment Hub by refurbishing an old campervan to engage with the community to link local people with local jobs.

The funding is flexible, which means that an individualised and local based approach is taken when supporting people into work. Funding can provide a wage subsidy for the employer to take on a young person, cover the costs of training (including driver licencing), tool/boot subsidies and other incentives. All councils are working closely with the Ministry of Social Development to ensure that there is no duplication of services or resource.

To find out more about the Mayors Taskforce for Jobs programme you can visit their website here.


MTFJs – Graduation

May 29, 2024


6:00 pm


War Memorial Hall
War Memorial Hall from 6pm
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Backhouse Building, Level 2, 12 Drews Ave or 14C Rangiora Street, Castlecliff
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