We are delighted with progress made on the Youth Employability project.Passport

As part of this process businesses, educators and youth have been consulted on what they expect from the Employability Passport, and what they want included. Following our selection of Workchoice to lead a co-design collaborative innovation process, we have been sprinting towards completion by mid-December.

Work is near completion phase for all components of the passport including: the competency framework, user guides, skills assessment matrix and the product itself; “the license to work”.

Stakeholders told us to keep the competency framework simple – and as such we have refined the employability competencies down to 5 essential skills: Attitude, communication, commitment, team work and willingness to learn. And, five desirable competencies: motivation, self-management, resilience and decision making/problem solving.

Other findings from the business survey included:

  • 78% of Auckland businesses say the Youth Employability Passport would assist in their recruitment process.
  • 74% would like to see the Youth Employability Passport’s essential skills stated on CVs – not as a separate document.
  • 71% would consider being involved in ongoing training and workplace assessment for Youth Employability Passport students.

The next step in the Youth Employability Passport is the development of the pedagogy and PD which will commence early in the New Year. For more information on the project, please contact Shirley Johnson, COMET Auckland Skills Manager at

For the full November newsletter, please click here.


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