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Youth Employability

Supporting young people into work and educational training is a core work stream of our strategic plan. Auckland has 27,000 young people aged 18-24 not currently in employment, education or training (NEETs), which represents a significant problem for the local labour force and the national economy.

It has been identified that early stints of unemployment can lead to long-term unemployment and benefit dependency. We contribute to different Council and Government strategies, which span - Auckland Council Traction Plan and Youth Guarantee, and the Ministry of Social Development Youth Services NEET Policy.

Auckland’s large NEETs group also highlight a significant disconnect between schools, youth service providers, young people and employers. This disconnect needs to be addressed to support positive transitions for young people and economic growth for Auckland.

  • Click here to watch the Enhancing Youth Employment video


To address these growing trends in unemployment, COMET Auckland has been involved in the following projects:


Youth Employability Passport

The Youth Employability Passport is an initiative that has been developed alongside many organisations across Auckland. This initiative has been designed as a link between education, business and youth – representing a promising method for young people to build, and be recognised for the employability skills they need for their transition into early adulthood.

This cross sector project has involved collaborating with education, government and business leaders to design a five part project to address systems change and support youth employability in the city:

  1. An Employability Framework to align skills developed by youth training providers and in school with the explicit skills that employers want. 
  2. An Employability Passport, to attest to young people’s skill and character development, based on the skills identified in the framework.
  3. Capacity Building with the range of organisations that support young people, to help them to build the identified skills and to use the Passport as a tool to support skills building and engagement.
  4. Information, tools and support for parents and community to help them build their teenagers’ employability skills.
  5. Evaluation, review and dissemination, to refine the programme of tools and processes and to support scale-up and sustainability through communication and policy work.

The employability of young people will be measured against ten core indicators. These skills will be developed and assessed in schools and youth training facilities. This will make it easier for employers to see what skills young people have, and can ensure the validity of these skills. The ten indicators include:

Five essential skills:

  • Attitude
  • Communication
  • Commitment
  • Team work
  • Willingness to learn  

Five desirable competencies:

  • Motivation
  • Self-management
  • Resilience
  • Decision making
  • Problem solving





We update the progress being made with the Employability Passport bi monthly in our COMET Newsletter. To subscribe and keep up to date, please click here 

Below are some links to research documents, presentations and reports we have contributed to support youth employability in Auckland: