There are 87,200 young New Zealanders not in employment, education or training. New Zealand has one of the worst rates of student retention of any developed country. McKinsey and Company international research has found once young people are in the job market, just 45% feel they made the right decisions about their study. Only 42% of employers thought young people were coming into the workforce adequately prepared.
In a rapidly changing world of work it is more important than ever that young New Zealanders are given the opportunities to develop a wide range of skills and attributes that will serve them well in their working lives.