Kāpiti Youth and Employers Celebrate Achievements at the Work Ready Kāpiti Awards

Kāpiti Coast, Thursday 22 November, 2018 - Local organisation Work Ready Kāpiti (registered as Kāpiti Youth Employment Foundation, KYEF) Celebrated a Year of Successes last night with their inaugural Work Ready Kāpiti Awards held at Whitireia Kāpiti Campus.

“The Awards are a great way to recognise the achievements of the students, and the invaluable support of local Employers and volunteers. We couldn’t have achieved so much in the past year without everyone rolling up their sleeves and getting it done”, Rudy van Vlerken, Pzazz Building Wellington and Kāpiti, Work Ready Kāpiti Gold Sponsor and KYEF Trustee.

Mayor of Kapiti Coast District Council, K Gurunathan, opened the evening followed by a welcome, by Bryan Gundersen, Chairman of Work Ready Kāpiti.

The theme of “getting it done” ranges from the KYEF Trustees registering the organisation as a charity last November, holding two speed dating type events called #EmployerMeets at Kāpiti College and Ōtaki College in 2018, and engaging local employers to support the initiative through a range of sponsorships as well as getting involved and interviewing the students who have completed the passport, or giving apprenticeship opportunities to the students who have attended the #EmployerMeets.

Some of the students who have completed the Work Ready Passport are in work, or are continuing their studies. The students have found the Work Ready Programme as a great way to get in front of Employers and try their interviewing skills learned through the Passport, with some students securing apprenticeships and work experience with local employers. 

This years awards celebrated the achievements of Ōtaki College students and staff, who embraced the Work Ready Kāpiti Passport potential. The awards were presented by Julene Hope, Co-Chair of the Kapiti Chamber of Commerce, celebrated:

Work Ready Kāpiti Most Successful Senior Passport Holder: Steve McKenna

Pzazz Building Wellington and Kapiti Employer of the Kāpiti Youth of the Year, Winner: Lance Isaac, Ōtaki College

Placemakers Kāpiti, Best Work Ready Kāpiti Passport Workbook of the Year, Winner: Arahia Ngatai

Bryan Gundersen, Commercial Barrister, Most Innovative Kāpiti Youth Job Seeker of the Year, Winner: Samuel Hudson

Bruce Morgan, Work Ready Passport School of the Year, Winner: Ōtaki College

Work Ready Kāpiti have #EmployerMeets planned for 2019 with Ōtaki, Paraparaumu, and Kāpiti Colleges, and around 255 students registered to start their Work Ready Passport journey.

About Work Ready Kāpiti

Work Ready Kāpiti is a not-for-profit, committed to helping 16-25-year-olds transition into local employment. A joint initiative between The Kāpiti Coast Chamber of Commerce, The Kāpiti Coast District Council and the Kāpiti Youth Employment Strategy Group, it brings together a range of experience and expertise to build enduring relationships between youth and Kāpiti employers.

For more information visit: www.WorkReadyKāpiti.com.

For more information, please contact:

Bryan Gundersen | Work Ready Kāpiti | 021 458 040