Youth Employment Success Open Sessions are a great example of positive interactions between youth and employers. Our YES employers open their doors to a group of young people and introduce them to their industry, their workplace, and the career pathways available.
McDonald’s Dunedin has continued their partnership with us this year, set to run Open Sessions every month out of their George Street restaurant. Groups of young job seekers are taken through a presentation of the franchise, their values, career pathways and the many benefits of working for McDonald’s. After a tour behind the scenes, there is the opportunity for questions, and employment application tips for those interested in a career with McDonald’s.
To date, 60 youth have participated in an open session with McDonald's, with a number of them completing applications and gaining employment.
This past month we kicked off our open sessions in Eastern Southland with a careers day for 34 Menzies College students as part of their year 13 leadership retreat. These students had a broad range of interests and career aspirations, so we pulled together a day of open sessions at a variety of different businesses and organisations. Mataura Valley Milk, Sign Advertising Gore, Gore Health, Community Networking Trust, Hokonui Runanga and Mataura Licensing Trust all opened their doors to groups of students with an interest in their industry.
The students found it valuable to step inside a workplace and see what employers have to offer to young people. Our YES employers enjoyed sharing their work environment with enthusiastic students interested in understanding what they do and how everything works. The day was enjoyed by all involved. We look forward to running another career open day in Eastern Southland in the near future, involving more schools and YES employers.
A Dunedin careers open day is also on the cards for May this year, keep an eye on our Facebook page for more details.
If you know a young person who could benefit from an open session, keep an eye on our Facebook page for more details. If you are interested in holding an open session to provide young people with the opportunity to step inside your industry email firstname.lastname@example.org