The Kāpiti Chamber is a key partner in Youth Pathways to Employment.

June 2018

Work Ready Kāpiti gets working
Bryan Gundersen
Chairman, Work Ready Kāpiti

Work Ready Kāpiti is a charitable trust formally named the Kāpiti Youth Employment Foundation. It grew from the Kāpiti Youth Employment Strategy Group which was a joint initiative of the Kāpiti Coast Chamber of Commerce and the Kāpiti Coast District Council.

As a charitable trust Work Ready Kāpiti is focused on the fact that the Kāpiti Coast has a higher than average number of youth (16-24 year olds) that are not engaged in education, employment or training; we want them and all the other Kāpiti youth who seek employment, to get working.

We encourage Kapiti youth to obtain skills to be ‘work ready’ and encourage Kapiti employers to be ready to employ Kapiti youth.

The main tool we use in this regard is the Kāpiti Work Ready Passport process. This involves a young job seeker completing the Work Ready Passport workbook which is designed to help the young job seeker to collect all the information needed to present to an assessment panel to illustrate that they have the skills necessary to be ‘work ready’ e.g. an ability to work as part of a team, work experience, life skills, drug free, driver’s licence and understanding of health and safety at work etc. The young job seeker is then interviewed and assessed by a panel of two or three interviewers to ensure that the young job seeker has maximized the opportunity to present evidence of the required skills and is, indeed, ’work ready’. If so, the young job seekers is granted the Work Ready Passport which becomes the pathway to employment.

This year we also plan to run ‘speed dating’ style events for employers and young job seekers at Kapiti, Paraparaumu and Otaki Colleges and at the Whitireia Kapiti campus and to reward success with annual awards.

Our Board of Trustees comprises Bryan Gundersen, Julene Hope (both Chamber appointees), Rudy van Vlerken of Pzazz Builders, Bruce Morgan of Skills New Zealand, Hamish Wood, Deputy Principal of Otaki College, Carole Jowlett , Whitireia Kapiti campus manger and Ruth Surrey, HR Manager of Goodmans.

We aim to be an employer led orgainisation. We are looking to establish an employer advisory group so that we stay on track of meeting employers’ needs, we are always looking for experienced interviewers and, of course, we have sponsorship opportunities available, especially annual awards. If you are to contribute as a member of the employer advisory group, an interviewer or a sponsor, please contact us on



2017 -  The Kāpiti Chamber launches the joint initiative together with The Kāpiti Coast District Council and the Youth Employment Strategy Group.

A not-for-profit initiative to help 16-25 year olds to gain the skills required to secure local employment has been launched on the Kāpiti Coast.

Work Ready Kāpiti, a joint initiative between The Kāpiti Coast Chamber of Commerce, The Kāpiti Coast District Council and The Youth Employment Strategy Group, have brought together a range of experience and expertise to help build meaningful relationships between youth and local employers.

Work Ready Kāpiti has launched “Work Ready Passport Workbook” where youth keep a record of a number of key skills needed to gain employment. This includes relevant work experience, academic achievements, understanding of health and safety, their ability to look after themselves and whether they hold a driver’s license of have a bank account.

Work Ready Kāpiti has already started attracting big employers of Kāpiti youth to participate in the initiative. Goodmans, Pak ‘n’ Save, and Jomp Hairdressing, are featured on the Work Ready Kāpiti website to help show the range of careers available right here in Kāpiti>>



Since inception, the key principles behind this project have been developed to include:

  • Local solutions for local issues
  • Employment is the ultimate goal for all young people
  • Stocktake of community resources
  • Transitional support and pastoral care for school leavers
  • Post-secondary training (education) focus on work readiness and skills that employers recognise and value
  • Support for employers of youth and young employees
  • The Community values our young people and celebrate their achievements

Over time there has been significant progress to-date on this project, including:

  • Stakeholder forums held with Dale Williams – Mayor of Otorohanga
  • Youth Pathways to Employment steering and networking groups
  • Business stocktakes
  • Business forum for respondents to the survey
  • Youth Employment Action group set-up
  • STEM group set-up (Science, Technology and Engineering & Maths)
  • Careers for the Future Expo held at the Clean Technology and Innovation Hub
  • UCOL running Level 2 & 4 courses at the Clean Technology and Innovation Hub 



Download the Business Stock-take Report


An action plan for 2014/15 was developed for the project, including:

  • Linking with Economic Development
  • Working with key stakeholders, promoting networking and collaboration between educators, business/employers and young people in Kapiti
  • Identifying the gaps in services
  • Developing Youth Employment Broker role complimenting work of existing services
  • Developing a central information hub for businesses with jobs for young people and young people wanting employment
  • Developing a mentoring programme
  • Developing links with Nga Kakano project around employment
  • Linking with Youth Action Plan


Check out this Youtube clip of the recent Careers for the Future Expo