Mayoral Taskforce for Jobs

MDC receives grant to help young people and those who have lost jobs due to COVID-19.

Mackenzie District Council has received $250,000 as part of a Government scheme to pump $11.5m into rural New Zealand to help young people into jobs as wage subsidies come to an end and their unemployment rate rises at twice the rate of older workers.

The Mayors Taskforce for Jobs programme is a collaboration between the Mayors Taskforce for Jobs and the Ministry of Social Development and is being launched nationwide to help young workers and those displaced due to the impact of the COVID-19 crisis.

The Mayoral Taskforce for Jobs and the Ministry of Social Development have signed an agreement which will involve 23 rural councils each receiving up to $500,000 over the next year, to help match up job seekers with employers.

The initiative will aim to create 50 jobs in each council district over the 12 months, by assisting small to medium-sized businesses with recruitment, training and subsidies, to help them take on young workers or those who have been displaced due to the impact of Covid-19.

The programme will largely focus on young people, into their late 20s, not in education, employment, or training.

Mayor Graham Smith said "We in the Mackenzie are very fortunate to get these funds and the timing is very good for local businesses. I hope businesses will support employing locals where they can, and I'm sure that the scheme will make a significant difference to businesses and employees in the Mackenzie".

Mackenzie District Council have also created a Facebook group 'Jobs in the Mackenzie District' which aims to connect local businesses in the Mackenzie with local people looking for employment.

Mackenzie District Council staff will be running a roadshow around the District in early September to help inform both businesses and job seekers on the assistance available to them.

Links to the Facebook page and further information on the Mayors Taskforce for Jobs programme can be found below.

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