Employers have been asked to kick-start the careers
of five Dunedin youths who graduated from the Limited
Service Volunteer programme.
About 30 people attended a celebration breakfast at HMNZS
Toroa in Dunedin yesterday for the Dunedin graduates
of the Limited Service Volunteer programme - a six-week
Burnham Military Camp programme for unemployed people aged
between 17 and 25.
Ministry of Social Development southern regional commissioner
John Allen said Dunedin had the largest proportion of
unemployed people aged between 18 and 24 in the Southern
Ministry data showed 869 people in that age bracket received
Job Seeker Support for the quarter ending March 2014.
''And that number is not diminishing. If you just happened to
drop in from Mars and reviewed those numbers, you would say
the Dunedin community is complacent, or indifferent, to the
wellbeing of young people and their future employment,'' Mr
He implored employers to hire a young person.
''These young people are part of the community that spends
their money on the products that you employers produce and
you have profited because they spent that money.
''I want you to consider expansion in your business so you
can employ these people.''
Major Ian Lattimore, the officer commanding the youth
development unit at Burnham Military Camp, said Winz funded
80% of the programme.
''The Defence Force's job is to protect the vulnerable
overseas, but we also assist other agencies to protect the
vulnerable back in New Zealand, and young people are
vulnerable to long-term unemployment.''
Maj Lattimore said the programme included a 50km mountain
hike and participants were subject to military law.
The programme taught graduates to choose ''the hard right,
over the easy wrong''.
Programme graduate Hari Wiparata of Dunedin, said after nine
years at a boarding school, he was unmotivated to work.
The military programme had changed him and had motivated him
to get qualifications and find work.
''I always done the bare minimum but six weeks with the
corporals was just brilliant.''
• Dunedin teenager Danielle Newton is pleased and ''really
surprised'' with the positive response to an article on her
search for a job.
Four employers approached the Otago Daily Times with
potential job opportunities after the article, which was
published in the Otago Daily Times on Saturday, detailed her
eight-month search for a job.
Miss Newton (17) said she was hopeful of finding a job after
the positive response to the article.
''It was pretty good,'' she said.
''I wasn't expecting it. I'm really thankful for getting the
She would contact prospective employers today, she said.