Youth Services

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VisionWest is a Youth Service Provider providing a wraparound service for young people – see As a Youth Service Provider, our goal is to get young people into education, training or work-based learning. This will help young people gain the skills to find a job and have an independent future.

Not in Education, Employment or Training (NEET):

Our Youth Service provides one-on-one mentoring for 15*, 16, and 17 year olds who currently have no or low qualifications, or are not in education, employment or further education. *Special criteria apply for 15-year olds.

Your mentor will walk alongside you throughout your education and training, so you never feel like you are doing it all on your own. Your mentor will help you:

• Discuss your needs and set goals for a successful future.

• Come up with a personalised action plan on how to achieve those goals.

• Support you in your education and training, and help you stay on track.

We can also support you with:

• Putting together a strong CV.

• Assisting with job search.

• Providing you with job interview skills so you are well prepared for the next season in your life.

Our approach is holistic, meaning we also connect with your whānau to ensure those closest to you are supporting you through this journey.

Youth Payment (YP) and Young Parent Payment (YPP):

We provide support for 16 - 20 year olds who require independent living with financial support through Work and Income and for young parents who require financial support.

As a Youth Service Provider, we work with young people referred from Avondale, Glenmall and Westgate Work and Income offices.

As with the one-on-one mentoring described above, we will help you set goals for your future and walk alongside you as you work to achieve those goals. We will also assist with the Work and Income requirements required to be eligible for any financial payments.

Get in contact with us today to start your journey!

Pae Aronui:

Pae Aronui is a youth employment programme aimed at improving education, training and employment outcomes for rangatahi Māori aged 15 to 24 years who are not in education, employment or training (NEET) or are at risk of becoming NEET (at key transition points).

A key objective is to support rangatahi to grow in confidence, capability and connectedness. This will enable them to make informed choices about their well-being and quality of life, and how they can take advantage of development and employment opportunities.

This is a landmark programme for VisionWest and critical to supporting rangatahi Māori throughout our community as predictions for Māori unemployment sit at about 20% and 20 – 29-year olds are cited as the most vulnerable demographic facing job disruption.


Through Pae Aronui we are aiming to achieve specific educational and employment outcomes which include:

• Education outcomes:

   - Re-engaging in qualification-based learning.

   - Attaining credits/qualifications, or

   - Taking meaningful and measurable steps towards re-engaging in learning or attaining qualifications.

• Employment outcomes:

   - Attaining relevant pre-employment credits and or qualifications,

   - Attaining stable employment (for at least 6 months),

   - Attaining in-work credits and qualifications, and or

   - Acquiring relevant pre-employment skills.

To find out more, or to discuss if Pae Aronui is suitable for you, click on the Contact Us box at the bottom of this page.

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