and creating opportunities

Influencing and shaping regional skills and employment initiatives to enable greater equity in opportunities and outcomes for youth, and better outcomes for employers. Facilitating collaboration between iwi, business, community, education and government to create positive impact in communities.

Smart Waikato actively supports the Waikato Wellbeing Project goal of:

Reduce (particularly for Māori and Pasifika) the number of young people (aged 15-24) in the Waikato who are Not in Employment, Education or Training (NEET) from 12.6% in 2019 to less than 5% by 2030.

This goal aligns with the Sustainable Development Goals 4, 8 and 10 as established by the United Nations.

Smart Waikato wants to see all of our young people…
  • engaged and productive
  • learning or earning a livelihood
  • with their mana enhanced
  • on a positive pathway to have many life options
and all of our employers able to find motivated staff with the knowledge and tools to get started and the means to learn more.