Support for Youth 2 Work movement flourishes

Partners Porirua News

Partners Porirua welcomed four new business partners to its Youth 2 Work Movement at the end of 2020.

They’ve joined more than 40 other local businesses, educational institutions and organisations that are determined to make a difference to lives of young people in Porirua through their involvement with Youth 2 Work. All are committed to seeing rangitahi in work, learning or training.

Our four new partners are the Road Transport Forum, First Retail Group, Jennian Homes and Higgins.


Road Transport Forum New Zealand (RTF) gives one voice to companies moving goods around New Zealand by road.

It works to clear the way for 93 percent of New Zealand’s freight to get where it needs to go, when it needs to get there. That involves advocating for better, safer roads, and the right environment for the people who keep about 18,000 trucks on the road on any given day. Pretty much everything you need spends some time on the back of a truck.

RTF is committed to diversity and inclusion. It has an industry traineeship underway to get people on the road to success, providing on-the-job training combined with nationally recognised qualifications. 


First Retail Group are award winning experts in developing potential, driving performance and managing risk – advising and enabling consumer facing sectors including retail, hospitality, healthcare, services and tourism.

Frist Retail has a client centric culture, and a commitment to the people and communities who they work with. 

First Retail Group actively involve youth early and often in projects as key stakeholders, while they look to build skills and confidence through employing younger people in engagement, event and project delivery, wherever possible.


Jennian Homes offers a range of proven plans as well as design and build services.  Originally established as a family business in Hamilton there are now over 30 franchises through New Zealand.

Simon and Belinda Barber have owned Jennian Wellington since 2014 offering quality homes outstanding customer service, and a commitment to industry quality standards.

Simon is committed to training and developing new apprentices through Jennian Homes and Barber Construction.


Higgins has been in business for over 60 years and is a New Zealand civil construction business with a team of over 1700 staff. Its capabilities and resources means it can deliver a fully integrated complement of civil construction services.

Higgins believe its people are the heart and soul of what they do.  Higgins is a member of the Fletcher Building family of companies and careers with Higgins can lead to opportunities in the wider Fletcher Building business.

Training and supporting young people is critical to Higgins’ business sustainability and also to the strength and wellbeing of the civil construction industry. Higgins is committed to a comprehensive programme of quality on the job training, mentoring and qualification achievement.