More engagement with teenagers is needed to curb Dunedin
having one of the largest rates of youth unemployment in New
Zealand, Base manager Mary-Ann McKibben says.
Ms McKibben said Base was the new, catchier name for the
Social Development Ministry's South Dunedin social sector
trial which started in July last year.
Dunedin had one of the largest unemployment rates in New
Zealand for people aged between 18 and 24, Mrs McKibben said.
The two-year trial was aimed at people aged between 12 and
18, with the goal of increasing attendance and engagement at
school, reducing youth offending and alcohol and drug use and
lowering the youth unemployment rate.
Dunedin employers needed to do their part and give youth work
experience and mentoring to help them ''go forward'' and
identify their strengths.
She said the Dunedin community was ''failing'' its young
''We need to do more.''
The unemployment rate revealed more action was needed.
''We need to think about what we are doing and do it
differently because what we are doing isn't working.''
A business case was nearly complete for the proposed ''youth
employment hub'' for young people to access a range of
employment and social support services in a more informal
A centre in London was used to design the business case, and
if the concept was successful in Dunedin, it could be
introduced nationally, she said.
Ministries working collaboratively on the trial included
social development, education, justice health and police, Ms
The trial would benefit youth from across Dunedin, she said.