Posted by Josh Callander
I am Josh and I’m 14 years old.
I entered the Young Innovators Awards for a website idea called Teen Jobs. I was fortunate enough to come in 3rd place for the junior category. The youth unemployment rates in New Zealand are very high, with 11.2% of 15 – 19 year olds unemployed. This costs the government $345 million dollars a year! Teen Jobs can help those teenagers find employment and gain valuable employment related skills.
Since the Young Innovators Awards I have developed my idea into a fully operational website with over 200 teenagers registered across the Western Bay Of Plenty & Tauranga & it is growing everyday! Our site is designed to be extremely user friendly and free to use. You dont need to list a job, you simply select a keen teenager and make contact. Jobs can be everything from household chores like babysitting, lawn mowing, clean ups or even looking after the cat, right through to more permanent jobs.
I NEED YOUR HELP!
It is a massive job to build up an active group of employers & households. We are free to use… so I have a marketing budget of $0 🙂 We have been fortunate enough to feature on The Breeze Tauranga breakfast show & in The Weekend Sun newspaper. But we need to keep building up employers and households that will support teenagers.
If everyone spreads the word, and tries the site, it will assist Tauranga’s youth, providing them with experience & a little bit of extra cash.
Please visit my website, www.teenjobs.co.nz for more information.