Teen Jobs is an easy to use platform that connects employers and households to teenage job seekers. We flip the traditional recruitment method to teenagers selecting their preferred job type, location and days, then employers simply searching profiles and selecting a fit.
The initial idea for Teen Jobs originated in 2018 when Josh Callander, a year 10 student at Mount Maunganui College began looking for a part-time after school job and discovered there was no easy way for teenage job seekers to connect with employers. Existing job sites were for older people and there was nothing specifically aimed at younger teenage job seekers.
Josh found youth unemployment rates in New Zealand are much higher than the national average with 11.2% of 15 – 19-year-olds unemployed. This costs New Zealand taxpayers $345 million each year.
This demographic of job seekers had a lot to offer, they just needed an easier way to find employment. Josh developed an initial prototype, entered into the 2018 Young Innovator Awards and was fortunate enough to come in 3rd place in the junior category.
Teen Jobs launched in November 2018, servicing the Tauranga area with our mission to improve the youth unemployment rate by providing teenagers with life skills including experience, work ethics and responsibility to establish good work habits in New Zealand's youth.
Throughout 2019 Teen Jobs continued to expand, launching into an additional 12 centres throughout New Zealand.
In 2020, the concept grew into Applicant with the same winning formula - making it fast and easy for job seekers to connect with employers.
Teen Jobs is now New Zealand's leading teenage job site with over 17,000 job seekers and thousands of employers using our site every month. We are making an impact on youth unemployment and the way that teenagers across the country find work.