Young Workers Resource Centre is the home of employment education, support and advocacy- for young workers by young workers.

We are a community organisation dedicated to helping young people have empowering employment experiences and sustainable careers. 

Our employment education is our fence at the top of the cliff- our pro-active approach, empowering young people to know not only what their rights are, but how to actively use these in mahi, ensuring we get the most our of our employment experiences.

Our Help Centre is our ambulance at the bottom of the cliff- our reactive approach that provides free advice, support, representation and advocacy for un-unionised workers 35 or under experiencing issues in the workplace.

We’re also active on Facebook and Instagram! We post lots of tips and tricks for thriving at work, and you can always flick us a dm if you have a quick question!

About the YWRC


With its head office based at the Waikato Trade Union Centre in Hamilton, NZ, the Young Workers Resource Centre – Whare Kaimahi Rangatahi (YWRC) is a not for profit organisation founded on September 3, 1993 by Catherine Hodges. 

The YWRC proudly leads the way in New Zealand employment rights for young workers, because they’re the group most exploited. For that reason (and a bunch of others!) we provide our employment support to anyone under 35 for FREE!

A key part of the work we do is help rangatahi experiencing mistreatment at work. Usually this starts with a young worker getting in touch via the FREE HELP section of our website. Then we learn more about the young person’s employment issue and talk them through the options. We want to enable young workers to make informed decisions about their own employment. Sometimes we can solve a problem with a couple of conversations on the phone and an email. Other times we’ll suggest a meeting so we can get to the bottom of things. There’s no one way of coming to the rescue. Every case and situation is unique! 

The other key service we offer is the delivery of employment education workshops specifically designed for those in, or about to go into early employment experiences. YWRC education comes in the form of a 50-minute, interactive workshop, with activity book for rangatahi entering, or about to enter the workforce.