LTW is a cross sector, business-led initiative designed to respond to business and industry concerns that young people may not be developing the employability skills needed to succeed in the workplace.

Youthtown is well-aligned to continue this work, with its long history of supporting young people in Aotearoa. The organisation has worked with generations of New Zealanders giving them the opportunity to "be the best they can be" and Youthtown is proudly celebrating its ninetieth anniversary this year.

Youthtown"s range of national programmes support young people and encourage them to unlock their full potential by enabling them to develop new skills, build resilience and work collaboratively within a supportive environment. Their involvement in the LTW programme builds on their legacy of youth development.

Gill Higgins will remain in her role as Regional Programme Coordinator, ensuring continuity within Tairāwhiti while leading the programme delivery for Youthtown."

"It's fantastic to see Licence to Work continue in our region and to provide an opportunity for tauira (students) to gain lifelong skills that will support them to gain employment and maintain their employment throughout their career journey," Higgins said.

Fay Amaral, CEO of Youthtown said, "It is a pleasure and privilege to support the successful foundations laid by Trust Tairāwhiti and to take on the agency for the youth employability programme in Tairāwhiti. We are proud of the wonderful work in placements that our Licence to Work graduates have achieved and the recognition by local employers of the value of the programme."

Local employers interested in supporting the programme can offer work experience placements for young people. For more information about this opportunity and the LTW programme, email

PublishDate: 14 February 2022