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Last modified: 25 Oct 2022 5:08pm

A Pasifika man and two pakeha women standing on an awards stage with the woman in the middle holding a trophy

Programmes organised by the Council with local and national partners to support employment in Selwyn have earned national attention.

The Council won a Best Practice Commendation for Integrated Planning Award at the Economic Development New Zealand national awards last week, for its Selwyn Works package of programmes, designed to build local employment, especially for younger adults.

The Selwyn Works package of initiatives helped over 650 Selwyn residents into work in Selwyn, or training and making career plans incorporating living and working in Selwyn. It included Trailblazers, an innovative programme of training, social support and internships with Council, and the Mayors Taskforce for Jobs Work Exposures providing work experience at Selwyn businesses.

The award was great recognition for the effort of all those involved, Council Group Manager Community Services and Facilities Denise Kidd says.

“Selwyn Works has been a passion project for our staff and partners who really love seeing our young people build their strengths, passions and interests as well as gaining useful skills for life. The award’s a great reflection of that work, the quality of our young people and so many businesses who are so open to supporting Selwyn youth.”