Four young Kaipara people will spend the next nine months working in a variety of jobs at the Kaipara District Council as part of the council's cadet scheme.
Jessie Wordley, Cerise Selkirk, Keith Warren and Lyree Waetford have completed their eight weeks training with People Potential and have begun a 10-month tenure with the Kaipara District Council.
Cerise, who is working as a personal assistant in the Dargaville office, had been looking for work but, "there were no jobs for people with no qualifications".
She has already gained NCEA Levels 1 and 2 on the eight-week course and says: "It is a cool opportunity. I'm learning heaps and loving it, and I'd really like to carry it on as a career."
The cadetship is giving Jessie a chance to rejoin the workforce after two years as a stay-at-home mother. She already had NCEA Levels 1, 2 and 3, but added a National Certificate in Employment Skills to her qualifications and is loving customer service.
"There are all the different roles; dealing with customers, rates inquiries, the telephones, and I like dealing with the public and meeting people," she says.
Lyree enjoys the outdoors and is a caretaker's assistant at Kai Iwi Lakes, where she helps with running the Taharoa Domain and camps.
She thinks the cadet programme is a great idea, but says it is too early to know how it will affect her job prospects.
Keith is working with the IT department and was surprised to discover he also enjoyed a customer service role at the Dargaville library.
All four say they would recommend the programme, which involves Northland's four councils, the Ministry of Social Development and the Tertiary Education Commission.