Mayors Taskforce For Jobs

“The MTFJ workforce programme has enabled many successful connections between local employers and those seeking work. It’s a win-win situation; young people who are not in education, employment or training, can register with the programme. So too can businesses who are in need of staff and who are ready to employ local youth.”  - Mayor Tracey Collis

The Mayors Taskforce For Jobs (MTFJ) is a nationwide network of New Zealand’s Mayors, working together towards the vision of all young people under 25 being engaged in appropriate education, training, work or other positive activity in their communities.

MTFJ has developed the Industry Partnerships - MTFJ community Employment Programme in collaboration with the Ministry of Social Development (MSD). As part of the programme, MTFJ will provide the Tararua District Council with funding to enable them to support rangatahi into sustainable employment. (30 hrs per week).

The Mayors Taskforce is able to provide flexible funding that ensures our approach is individualised for each employer and young person, helping break down the barriers often faced when entering the workforce.

Since starting in mid- 2020, the programme has helped rangatahi into employment in our district, and this number is increasing steadily. local companies have participated in the Mayors Taskforce for Jobs workforce programme in Tararua and this number is on the rise too.

Are you looking to employ a new team member and would like some financial assistance?

Examples of how we can help:

  • Recruitment cost
  • Industry training
  • Safety equipment
  • Tools of Trade
  • Transport
  • Pastoral Care
  • Personal Protective Equipment

To apply you need to be employing or taking on an apprentice 24 years and under not in education, employment or training for 30 hours plus a week.

For more information please contact:

Jaron Vince
Phone: 027 378 0543

If you are between 16-24 years old and are interested in finding work, contact the Mayors Taskforce coordinator below to see how we can help you:

Jaron Vince
Phone:  027 378 0543

Mayors Taskforce application form for businesses

If you would like to access funding for staff you have recruited or are looking for staff that fit the criteria for Mayors Taskforce support please download our application form here.

From out of district?

What are you waiting for! Get yourself over to Tararua and see for yourself why we love where we live. Our district is a great place to find that perfect work-life harmony, with stunning scenery and vibrant thriving communities. It is unique, unspoilt with the great outdoors right on our doorstep and has that easy-going rural pace.

Our thriving local economy has proven to hold its own against the effects of the pandemic, our population is on the rise, and with the largest roading project in the country we will be within easy reach of Wellington before long. Here in Tararua, we are gearing up for growth and want you to be a part of it.

You won’t find these opportunities just anywhere, and when you combine this with the chance to be in such a beautiful place, you have to ask yourself: why work and live anywhere else?