Supporting local communities and helping make Aotearoa a better place for our young Kiwis

The Red Shirts in Community programme offers young people not in education, employment or training the opportunity to participate in three weeks of work experience in The Warehouse stores across New Zealand.

Skills is extremely proud to work alongside The Warehouse and the Ministry of Social Development to deliver this project and play a part in making Aotearoa a better place for young Kiwis.

As The Warehouse Red Shirts in Community partner, Skills makes sure that the project runs smoothly and that the participants take part in a valuable learning experience that prepares them for paid employment. As a part of this, when a young person comes to the end of the programme, a Navigator from Skills helps them through the process of finding work within 90 days of completion.

What will the young people gain from the Red Shirts in Community Programme?

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Young people who complete the Red Shirts in Community Programme benefit from gaining insight into the working environment and build work-ready skills.  

Trainees gain transferable skills to help boost their employment opportunities as well as hands-on experience in:   


  • Customer service  

  • Health and Safety 

  • Time management 

  • Resilience  

  • Communication  


Participants who complete the programme gain 10-unit standards in NCEA levels 1 and 2. These unit standards are formally recognised throughout the country and cover topics like health and safety in the workplace, calculations and team work. 

How you can support a Red Shirts participant?

In 2019 over 700 young people will complete the Red Shirts in Community programme across 50 Warehouse stores across the country 

As an employer there are two ways you can support the programme: 


Employing young people into entry level jobs: We’re looking for businesses to support young people into entry-level jobs. We have an active pipeline of youthful talent who are actively looking for employment.  


Participate in Skills run workshops and activities: You may not have an entry-level position available right now, but we could still use your help!  

You have a wealth of experience and knowledge that can help participants as they prepare to join the workforce.  

You can support the programme by; 

  • Facilitating mock interview sessions with young people  

  • Hosting an open day at your business for young people to experience the workplace 

  • Informing young people on your recruitment process 

  • Promoting your internal career pathways across your organisation  

  • Informing young people on the jobs that are available across your organisation  

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Want to find out more?

If you'd like to get involved with the Red Shirts in Community programme, or find out more about it, just get in touch via the button below.

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