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Last modified: 14 Feb 2022 5:25pm

three men in trailblazers monogrammed black puffer jackets preparing vegetables in a kitchen

A Council internship programme to help young people into work is making an impact for interns and employers.

Trailblazers is a collaboration by the Council and Youth Pathways, with support from the Ministry of Social Development for people who are unemployed or working less than 30 hours a week.

It includes 25 hours of placement hours with the Council, including working in libraries, the Selwyn Sports Centre and events planning. The programme also focuses on fitness and health, cultural wellbeing and exploration, iwi engagement and life skills development. It also includes presentations from a number of guest speakers in local business.

Council Community Services and Facilities Group Manager Denise Kidd says it was great to see the success for the intakes and the Council was excited to see the continued impact of the programme over the next year.

“We’ve tested and refined the programme over each intake and it’s been fantastic to see how the interns enjoyed their time and how positive they were about the benefits. Local government is a great place to work and it really does improve community life. Skills and experiences gained through these roles are also hugely relevant to a wide range of other jobs in the community.”

Applications are now open for Intake 3 which starts starts Monday 28 March 2022. Applications close on Friday 18 February 2022.
Find more information on the programme or how to apply . You can also email applications.