Conference set to inspire young people

Future of work

The ‘Future of Work’ conference is just weeks away for Marlborough’s young people, a conference set to showcase the workplace of tomorrow, and inspiring the next generation to become part of the region’s future.

On June 8 the ASB Theatre and Marlborough Events Centre will be host to around 300 Year 11-13 Marlborough college students, to inspiring speakers and workshop facilitators from all over the country and over 75 businesses (representing nearly 40 industries) in the ‘Interactive Workstation Zone’.

The organising team have also opened up a separate and complementary event for local unemployed young people too.

The inaugural conference took place in 2019 to a sell-out, capacity crowd, and in 2020 was poised to do the same before COVID hit. Conference organisers, Graeme Dingle Foundation Marlborough and Marlborough District Council are delighted to be bringing the conference back in 2021 – and more than doubling the number of students able to attend.

Graeme Dingle Foundation regional manager Kelvin Watt says tickets were gone in the first hour last time.

The day winds up with an “Inspiring Stories” session which was another highlight last time, Kelvin says.

“This is where young people developing bright career paths share their lessons with our local young people. This year we are so excited to welcome Alexia Hilbertidou (CEO of GirlBoss – New Zealand’s largest organisation for young women), Fraser Mcintosh (software engineer from America’s Cup winning team at Emirates Team New Zealand) and Scott Cardwell (CEO, ImmerseMe and previously part of the team that created Education Perfect, with 500,000 subscribers globally).” And in a further addition to the conference this year, adults will not be overlooked.

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