Cadetship for Taranaki youth

A new cadetship programme is helping Taranaki youth to succeed.

The South Taranaki District Council and the Ministry of Social Development (MSD) have partnered to created a cadetship programme, which has created on the job training for four local youth.

Te Raunatanga Williams-Edwards is one of the four cadets and says she is really pleased she applied for the programme, which is called Mana Whai Tūranga (to follow career path).

“Mana Whai Tūranga has given us a huge opportunity. It’s been about seven weeks since we’ve started and we’ve all learnt so much already,” she says.

The four cadets started their roles in the aquatic services, animal management, communications and horticultural teams on July 1.

“The skills we are learning will set us up for long term employment opportunities in whatever career we wish to pursue.”

Gloria Campbell, regional commissioner for MSD says the 12- month cadetship programme is fully funded by MSD and is about creating employment opportunities for youth.

“We congratulate the cadets on their achievements,” she says.

“Opening opportunities for the future workforce to learn is essential for the health of the local economy. This partnership with South Taranaki District Council has built new career opportunities for young people.”

Council CEO Waid Crockett says the cadet programme is a great fit for the organisation. 

“We’re really keen on developing, growing and creating opportunities for young people in our community,” he says.

“We’re getting them into a profession and making sure they are supported by good people.” 

PHOTO CAPTION: Left to right: Manu Hepi, Summer Edwards, Gary Conway (MSD Work Broker), Te Raunatanga Williams-Edwards, Waid Crockett (STDC chief executive), Lauren Martin and Dave Lee (STDC mentor)