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Graduates from the YOUth Inspire programme
Graduates from the YOUth Inspire programme

Bright futures ahead for YOUth INSPIRE graduates

Forty more local young people are celebrating being work-ready after graduating from the YOUth INSPIRE programme.

The graduates received their certificates and awards from YOUth INSPIRE Kaitiaki, Mayor Ray Wallace at a ceremony at the Walter Nash Centre.

A highlight of the evening was a panel session with graduates Cheyenne Sam, Angel Dougherty and Cheyenne Hunia who told their own stories about overcoming obstacles to achieve success in their personal and professional lives.

Struggling to find a reason to get out of bed in the morning, school leaver, Dougherty took home the Excellence Award after excelling in all class activities and doing well at her work experience at Heaney on Jackson hair salon. Working with the team there made me realise that I am committed to finding an apprenticeship and starting my career in hairdressing,” she says.

Cheyenne Sam made the most of her work experience at the Walter Nash Centre to develop her problem-solving skills, which are coming in handy in her new job at PaknSave Petone. Classmate Cheyenne Hunia spent only two days at her work experience role at Gilmours Lower Hutt before she was offered full-time employment there. The support from YOUth INSPIRE helped me a lot,” she says. The support from the tutors went beyond just teaching us the skills in class, they helped us with our personal lives as well.

Mayor Ray Wallace said he was impressed, not only with the stories these young people told, but also in their show of courage to share with the audience of a hundred people gathered for the ceremony.

YOUth INSPIRE Manager, Alison Black, was proud of the students success. Many of our Rangatahi come from complex backgrounds and face really difficult challenges in life,” she says. To see them succeed and to see the support they receive from their whanau, our business partners, and Hutt City Council, we know that our programme works. We hope more businesses will support our young people by offering them valuable work experience.

If you know a young person aged between 18-24 who would benefit from the YOUth INSPIRE Licence to Work Programme, or youre a business that is interested in supporting, contact or visit for more information.

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