A careers programme has been launched in Auckland that will introduce college students to the companies in their community.
Its backers want to reduce the nearly 26,000 Aucklanders under 24 who are not in work, education or training.
Youth Connections Across Auckland will introduce students to local businesses and teach them about the skills and qualifications they need to get their foot in the door.
It is being rolled out in six of the 10 local board areas.
The project is being funded by the Tindall Foundation, the Auckland Council and the Auckland Airport Community Trust.
Sir Stephen Tindall says a pilot programme was started with Counties Manukau District Health Board three years ago and has been a big success.