A recent Inspiring the Future event in Christchurch focused on 16–24 year-olds who are not in education, employment or training. We held the event at Tūranga, Christchurch City Library, in collaboration with Connected NZ and Te Tahi Youth.
Sixteen young people came along and were inspired by five role models from different sectors:
- Renee, Quarantine Officer
- Karissa, Construction Manager
- Kane, entrepreneur/owner of a digital skills academy
- Garry, QA Auditor/Compliance Career Trainer
- Sam, who works with youth and also in the podcasting and gaming space.
The audience were shy at first, but with support from Te Tahi Youth employment navigators and the MC’s high energy, they soon started asking questions and got right into it. There were some great conversations in the discussion groups, and the young people showed interest in pursuing some of the jobs of our role models.
Ara, Skills Update, Youthtown and Christchurch City Libraries were also there to provide “next steps” options for those interested in study or training.
Rhiannon Harnett, Employment Liaison Advisor at Connected NZ, said: “This ItF event was a fantastic opportunity to reach rangatahi outside traditional education paths, offering a unique chance for them to connect with role models from their own communities.
“The conversations sparked inspiration, with some leaving interested in a journey of education next year. We are looking forward to running future Inspiring the Future events for more rangatahi in the Waitaha region.”
Kai was provided by Thrive café (which supports Christchurch City Mission).