Smart Waikato has developed a range of practical, effective and innovative initiatives to realise its purpose:

Empowering youth through real education to employment pathways.

Secondary School Employer Partnerships

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Smart Waikato’s Secondary School Employer Partnerships (SSEP) connect young people, educators and employers, generating transformative results for communities.
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Smart Transitions

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Smart Transitions partners with employers, utilising tools to develop tailored career pathway programmes for young people including work experience, internships, apprenticeships, cadetships and jobs.
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Social Progress Action Network (SPAN)

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Social Progress Action Network (SPAN) is a collaborative initiative empowering local communities to transition young people from dependency to independency. 
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FutureForce® Multimedia

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FutureForce® Multimedia - including careers resources, video and social media - gives Waikato youth, their parents and teachers real, impartial and practical information on careers in the region.
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FutureForce® Action Network (FAN)

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FutureForce® Action Network (FAN) is a Smart Waikato initiative reducing youth unemployment by creating awareness of the problem and encouraging employers to offer more work experience, jobs, apprenticeships, internships and cadetships to young people in the Waikato region.
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Young Enterprise

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The Lion Foundation Young Enterprise Scheme (YES) is an experiential programme where students set up and run a real business. Each YES company creates their own product or service and brings this to market. YES is managed in Waikato - King Country by Smart Waikato.
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endorseMe® is a work readiness tool for youth services facilitators, Gateway teachers and others working to transition young people through real education to employment pathways. endorseMe® is a first for New Zealand - a smartphone app giving young people the opportunity to be endorsed for their employability skills based on the employability skills framework.

Smart Waikato Leadership Summit

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Key Waikato leaders turned out en masse at Smart Waikato’s Leadership Summit in May 2017 to hear how SSEP is improving education to employment pathways for the region’s young people and addressing future workforce gaps.
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