FutureForce® Action Network (FAN) Events are free to attend and have been developed to highlight the need to offer work based opportunities and training for local youth.  FAN Events are a meeting point where employers, educators and other agencies are mobilised to:

  • hear from youth and employer champions
  • offer more work experience, jobs, apprenticeships, internships and cadetships to young people in the region
  • network with other stakeholders i.e. educators, employers, agencies
  • receive resources to assist with successful transitions for youth
  • hear about best practice associated with guiding, developing and retaining youth in the locality

Youth work opportunity leads are generated and distributed to the relevant parties and a follow up FAN Activate Workshop is held to assist employers in developing successful workplace opportunities for youth and/or to facilitate youth-to-employment strategies.  


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Smart NZ's suite of FAN Resources help employers develop best-practice youth-focused work experience, internships, apprenticeships, cadetships and jobs. Membership to FAN is free to all host region employers, educators, government and community organisations.

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FAN outcomes have been extremely positive, with employers from throughout the region pledging hundreds of youth work opportunities for young people:

FAN outcomes and images:

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