How to Create Local Jobs – Dale Williams – TEDx Talk

Dale Williams gave the final talk at TEDxAuckland 2013 on how his town has created a successful “transition to jobs” model for the youth of that area. This talk was the epitome of common sense and proactive planning and provides a possible template for job creation in small towns.

Dale is the mayor of a small town called Otorohanga. In the video he tells the story of how they worked through a series of local employment issues after a couple of tragic youth suicides triggered a local debate.


In the town the employers complained they couldn’t get staff and the students at the high school complained they couldn’t get jobs. Clearly there was a big communications gap and the expectations of both sides were not being met at all.

Dale created a work group and they looked at careers guidance and employers needs and put into a practice a programme that matched local needs to local students.

They got young people at the employers to talk with young people at the local schools and I was impressed by the follow up care process they put into place for all of their youth including the ones who leave to study outside the district.

Skills training, work readiness, drivers education, first aid have become the core for placing local youth into local jobs, all with a strong pastoral care ethos.

Here is a checklist they used.