Getting more young people into jobs

Trade Me Jobs recently signed Auckland Tourism, Events and Economic Development's Youth Employer Pledge. It's designed to help Auckland's 23,000 young jobseekers (15-24 years) who are not in education, training or employment.

We signed up because it’s the right thing to do.

In Auckland and around the world, there’s an enormous challenge to get young people into work. We want to do our bit to help break the perception that young New Zealanders don’t want to work, and we want to help employers attract and engage young employees.

 One of our values is to ‘hire and grow great people’ and we live and breathe that. For example, we’ve lost count of the number of people who have moved from one team to another around Trade Me, and we’ve had great success being part of inspiring programmes like Summer of Tech.

We've put a live job feed on ATEED's site so it’s even easier for advertisers to connect with candidates, and we’ll be working with our job advertisers to make them aware of the campaign and the benefits that can flow from employing young people. 

For more information check out the Youth Employer Pledge site and see the media release from ATEED below.

Trade Me joins pledge to get more young Aucklanders into jobs

Leading online marketplace, Trade Me, has pledged its commitment to increase youth employment in Auckland by becoming the latest business to sign up to the region’s Youth Employer Pledge programme.

The programme – delivered by Auckland Tourism, Events and Economic Development (ATEED) as part of Auckland Council’s Youth Connections programme and generously supported by The Tindall Foundation – is designed to help Auckland’s 23,000 young jobseekers (15-24 years) who are not in education, employment or training (NEET).

Auckland Mayor Phil Goff welcomed Trade Me to the programme: “It’s great to join forces with a successful New Zealand business like Trade Me to increase opportunities for the young people of Auckland to find employment.

“We need Auckland to be an inclusive city where all our young people have the opportunity to benefit from being in the workforce. Addressing youth unemployment requires an integrated approach and we will be working closely with Trade Me and our other partners to develop career pathways, education and employment opportunities for young people,” he says.

ATEED chief executive, Brett O’Riley, says: “Youth employment initiatives such as the Youth Employer Pledge programme and JobFest – New Zealand’s largest youth employment event – are having an impact on reducing youth unemployment and we’re committed to getting our young people into jobs.

“Getting more young people into jobs also helps to address a serious skills shortage across sectors such as construction and infrastructure, where ATEED has partnered with industry to deliver the #BuildAKL campaign to attract more young Aucklanders into the thriving industry,” he says.

“To make it easier for young jobseekers to connect with potential employers, Trade Me is today launching a live feed on the #BuildAKL website to help the campaign attract more than 4,000 young people into the sector during the campaign.”

More than 50,000 people search for a new job on Trade Me every day and Head of Trade Me Jobs, Jeremy Wade, says they’re looking forward to working with Auckland Council, ATEED and Youth Employer Pledge partners.

“As an employer we know the value of hiring young people to inject new ideas and enthusiasm into our work and we want to do our bit to address the challenge of getting young people into jobs.” he says.

“We’ll be keeping Auckland’s young people top of mind when working with our job advertisers and making it as easy as possible to connect with young jobseekers, Jeremy Wade says.

Trade Me brings the total number of pledge partners to 59 spanning a diverse range of industries including construction and infrastructure, retail, hospitality and food and beverage.