Our Activities

Smart Waikato Trust has partnered with over 300 businesses, organisations, schools, iwi and government agencies to deliver Smart Waikato programmes. Our initiatives are practical and effectively support youth transitioning from education to employment.

Read more on our initiatives below.


Secondary School Employer Partnerships

Secondary School Employer Partnerships (SSEP) is an award-winning initiative raising students aspirations, resulting in higher achievement, retention and better transitions.

Smart Transitions

Smart Waikato offers specialist support to businesses keen to develop quality entry-level work opportunities for young people, including work experience, cadetships, apprenticeships and jobs. This involves a variety of connections into the secondary and tertiary education sector.

endorseMe® Employability Record

endorseMe® is a digital tool purposefully designed to help identify, develop and record work-readiness skills based on the New Zealand Employability Skills Framework.

FutureForce® Multimedia

FutureForce® Multimedia consists of a variety of both print and digital media and is designed to give young people, their parents and teachers real, impartial and practical information on careers specific to the Waikato region. FutureForce® features profiles of young staff working in key Waikato industries, career planning tools and tips, leads and information on Waikato workplaces, work-readiness information and much more.

Young Enterprise Scheme

The Lion Foundation Young Enterprise Scheme (YES) is an experiential programme in which secondary school students set up and run their own business. Smart Waikato co-ordinates YES in the Waikato-King Country region.

FutureForce® Action Network

FutureForce Action Network® (FAN) provides employers with resources to enable the development of best-practice youth-focused work experience, internships, apprenticeships, cadetships and jobs.