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

Employers from a range of sectors interconnect with school faculties contextualising learning for Year 9 and 10 and introducing them to a wide range of careers.


• improve student achievement, retention and transition in schools
• answer the question: “Why am I learning this subject?”
• ensure students make solid school subject choices to successfully transition into further education and employment
• introduce students to key industries in region
• increase attraction to careers in critical industries in our region
• encourage young people to stay in the region

SSEP is supported by Waikato Means Business, Waikato Federated Farmers Charitable Society, Mercury - Waikato Tainui Partnership and WEL Energy Trust.

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Smart Waikato’s role is to establish best practice, encourage school and employer participation and assist in the support and sustainability of SSEPs, running in 12 Waikato schools in 2017 including Hamilton Boys’ High School, Fairfield College, Morrinsville College, Thames High School, Hauraki Plains College, Cambridge High School, Fraser High School, Ngaruawahia High School, Te Kauwhata College, Waikato Diocesan School for Girls, Rototuna Junior High School and Huntly College.

Watch SSEP Videos to hear from students, teachers and employers participating in this New Zealand-first initiative.

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SSEP Videos

SSEP Employers

SSEP Photos

SSEP 2016 Pilot Summary Report

SSEP 2016 Pilot Full Report

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