• Makers include inventors, builders and designers – people that enjoy using their hands to create spaces, products and services.
  • Build pathways through internships, training and try-outs.
  • The principles of enterprise, work readiness, creativity, self-direction and the incentive and motivation to make things starts young and should be fostered from a young age.


2014 New Zealand Examples

Trade Training Centre, Otorohanga

The Trade Training Centre is an apprenticeship programme established by Ray Hayley in partnership with Wintec in 2006. The goal of the programme is to improve Otorohanga’s youth employment levels through local pre-employment apprenticeships and training. It connects school leavers with skilled workers in the area and equips young people with the skills they need while exposing them to local opportunities that encourage them to stay in the area.


Gateway is an initiative run in partnership with schools throughout the country, which provides work experience for high school students as part of their NCEA qualifications. Students are given the opportunity to work in industries in which they have an interest, helping them make informed career choices and providing them with connections and referees who could be helpful in the future.

Summer of Tech

ICT internship programme helping employers connect with local tertiary talent for paid summer jobs. Students and employers register online and find skills/opportunity matches. During winter, the programme facilitates industry-led training workshops to support tertiary study and improve work-readiness of students.

Whenua Kura

Whenua Kura is a Ngāi Tahu led partnership between Te Tapuae o RehuaNgāi Tahu Farming and Lincoln University, which seeks to grow Māori leadership in agriculture. It provides a pathway for Māori to gain qualifications and employment within New Zealand’s agricultural sector and on Ngāi Tahu farms. The development of Ngāi Tahu farms also involves creating more opportunities for Māori to lead the way in best-practice farming.


2014 International Examples

Bridge to Employment, United States 

Bridge to Employment is an initiative setup by the Johnson and Johnson company that aims to give underprivileged youth the skills they need to succeed, build confidence and encourage them to stay in education. The programme links secondary schools with tertiary institutions and the business community, providing academic assistance alongside work experience.