The Mayors Taskforce for Jobs (MTFJ) is a nationwide network of New Zealand’s Mayors, working together towards the vision of all young people 16-25 engaged in employment, education, training, or other positive activity in their communities.
MTFJ runs advocacy projects and partners with best-practice organisations to promote the economic well-being of young people. Partners include MSD, Tuia, Outward Bound, and Te Pūkenga.
The MTFJ is governed by the Core Group which includes 17 Mayors from throughout the country, and is Chaired by Mayor Max Baxter of Otorohanga Council. The work set by the Core Group is executed by the Taskforce Programme Manager.
Since 2020, the MTFJ Employment Programme has placed thousands of youth into employment and supported young people to gain their driver licence, train in employability skills, and receive mental health support and other pastoral care needs.