Local youths’ chance to shape their future

Future of work

Abraham Lincoln once said the best way to predict your future is to create it.

That is what Marlborough’s youth are being encouraged to do this at the Future of Work conference in Blenheim on 8 June. Organised by the Graeme Dingle Foundation Marlborough and the Council, the one-day conference will showcase what the workplace of tomorrow looks like for Marlborough’s young people (years 11 to 13) and inspire them to become part of the region’s future. The Council has supported the event with funding of $10,000. “The conference was established as there is real merit in developing our local talent to ensure they are well-placed to prosper in tomorrow’s workforce,” said the Council’s Community Partnerships Advisor, Jodie Griffiths.

More than eighty Marlborough businesses across 40 industries will share information at interactive industry “stations”. “It’s an amazing opportunity for our young people to try out cutting edge technology and tools and hear first-hand about the realities and opportunities out there right now. It’s awe inspiring.”
Smaller group sessions will focus on skills to make young people more ’employable’ as well as the basics of change management and entrepreneurship, and different industry perspectives on what the future of work means.

Inspiring speakers round out the day including Kono CEO Rachel Taulelei; Alexia Hilbertidou (CEO, GirlBoss), Scott Cardwell (CEO, ImmerseMe) and Fraser McIntosh (Emirates Team NZ), who will share their career journeys and lessons. The event is followed by a Future of Work conference for employers, ‘Young Minds, Strong Business’, from 5.00 pm to 7.30 pm, to help businesses more effectively attract, recruit and retain young people. Both conferences are at the ASB Theatre and Marlborough Events Centre.

Tickets for the student conference are available here but have nearly sold out: bit.ly/36gOV73

‘Young Minds, Strong Business’ tickets are available here: bit.ly/FOW-Employers

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