Bryan Gunderden of the Work Ready Kapiti Foundation accepts a cheque from Rudy van Vlerken of Pzazz Builders.
A new awards evening will recognise youth and employers who are making the most of employment opportunities in Kapiti.
The newly formed Work Ready Kapiti Foundation will host the awards, alongside a range of other initiatives aimed at supporting and encouraging young people into meaningful local employment.
Bryan Gundersen, Foundation Chair, says a new sponsorship programme will help fund and enable the awards and the foundation's ongoing work in Kapiti.
"Our first major sponsor is Pzazz Builders, we're delighted to work alongside this local business to build the Foundation. They have a long-term commitment to improving youth employment, taking on and training a number of apprentices who have gone on own their own businesses," says Mr Gundersen.
The launch of the Work Ready Kāpiti Foundation rounds out a busy few months for the group since their first event held in August, which saw more than 70 young people and employers connect at Whitireia Polytechnic.
"Our first group of students have been accepted into the Work Ready Passport programme with two students from Otaki College having already completed their passport workbook. A new digital version will be available in early 2018. We're also looking to hold four 'speed dating' events next year to connect more young people with local businesses," says Mr Gundersen.
The Work Ready Kapiti Awards are planned for later in 2018 and will initially recognise Employer and Youth Employee of The Year, along with Most Innovative Young Job Seeker.
About Work Ready Kapiti
Work Ready Kapiti is a not-for-profit, committed to helping 16-25 year olds transition into local employment. A joint initiative between The Kapiti Coast Chamber of Commerce, The Kapiti Coast District Council and the Kapiti Youth Employment Strategy Group, it brings together a range of experience and expertise to build enduring relationships between youth and Kapiti employers.
For more information visit www.workreadykapiti.com.