Young Workers Resource Centre



The Young Workers' Resource Centre (YWRC) is dedicated to supporting rangitahi through meaningful employment experiences through employment education workshops.

Founded on 2nd September 1993, our primary objective is to provide education, information and assistance to young people about workplace issues. Our vision is for young people to be empowered in the workplace in a way that enhances well-being, fosters understanding and creates positive change in workplace relationships.

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To achieve the wonderful work they do, the YWRC is made up a committee of 10 volunteers and two paid, full-time staff members:

The Centre can offer expert advice and support on:

  •  Employment Agreements
  • Minimum Legal Requirements (including Minimum Rights and Employment Legislation)
  • Sexual Harassment
  • Discrimination (Human Rights)
  • Health and Safety
  • Workplace Unions

The YWRC visits high schools, private training establishments and other community sites to provide some or all of the following: a range of workshops on employment rights and obligations; resources and additional information; and a referral service. We also deliver workshops on employment-related unit standards under NZQA. Our service area encompasses the greater Waikato, King Country, Bay of Plenty and Coromandel regions.

The Young Workers Resource Centre are also proud Living Wage Employers.


The End for 90 Day Trial Periods

The End for 90 Day Trial Periods

Stories like this one from are proof that 90 Day Trial Periods aren't working. For anyone. Here at the Centre, we're under no illusions that every single young person seeking advocacy for a workplace issue, is a perfect wee angel. We know that some people at work, really deserve to undergo investigations and disciplinary processes; which is sort of how trial periods came about. […]
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We’re Hiring! Business Manager/Educator WANTED.

We’re Hiring! Business Manager/Educator WANTED.

The Young Workers Resource Centre (YWRC) are looking for a fantastic addition to their team of change makers and big dreamers located in Hamilton City. If you are someone who is passionate and committed to empowering young people, this might just be the opportunity for you. We are on the hunt for someone to join us as our Business Manager which is a 35 hours […]
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In Case You Haven’t Noticed, 2018 Arrived…

In Case You Haven’t Noticed, 2018 Arrived…

The new year arrived with a hiss and a bang; and by that I actually mean high winds, and a tonne of water and rain. Not that I'm complaining that it isn't bleedingly hot, but it certainly isn't the stunning Summer many of us had hoped for. So with that, here I am in the YWRC office for another interesting year of young workers, their […]
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