Meet the business partners who provide work experience to our rangatahi.



Able Spaces make it easier than ever before for all New Zealanders to have the home and life of their dreams by providing transportable homes, sleepouts, studios, and cabins made in their factory in Stokes Valley. The team work with clients on a design and offer the ease of project management if required. Our rangatahi learn carpentry skills to go forward in a career in the booming construction industry when they complete their work experience with Able Spaces.


Acrow is the largest scaffolding, formwork, falsework, and event infrastructure company in New Zealand. They are proudly Kiwi-owned and have been delivering solutions since the 1970s. They value their staff, have a focus on continual learning and improvement, and actively support the work of Youth Inspire. Acrow always provide exceptional customer service to all their customers and their knowledge and expertise make their engineering design and project management second to none. Our rangatahi on work experience start out working in their yard in Seaview, learning health and safety requirements, as well as the preparation and maintenance of scaffolding and related equipment.


ATCO has been a major steel fabrication company in Wellington since 1939. Run by a local, friendly team, ATCO specialises in the fabrication and installation of structural steel for New Zealand residential, commercial and earthquake strengthening markets. ATCO is proud to announce they now have SFC CC3 accreditation through Hera and SCNZ. This is an independent certification that their quality management systems consistently results in compliance with New Zealand Standards. As a supporter of Youth Inspire, ATCO is committed to helping the next generation get a start in their career in construction and manufacturing through training & supporting a number of apprentices.


Avalon Beauty Shoppe Ltd are your Hairdressing specialists in the Lower Hutt region. With over 35 years of experience in the industry, the qualified team of hair stylists will ensure you leave our salon feeling amazing. Sharon and her third year apprentice Kiri provide supportive work experience for our rangatahi aspiring to be hairdressers.


BestStart early learning centres are located throughout the Hutt Valley. They provide quality education and care for children aged between 3 months to 5 years old. BestStart Naenae and Taita support our rangatahi by offering work experience and offering pathways into early childhood education.

BOULCOTT’S – The Farm Cafe and Bar

The Farm Café and Bar is situated in the heart of the Hutt Valley on Boulcott’s Farm Heritage Golf Club. The Farm Café and Bar provides a peaceful and state of the art environment in a contemporary setting with panoramic views over the golf course. They offer a delicious menu, a variety of cabinet food as well as barista coffee in a sunny idyllic setting. Our young people have been supported in their work experience by the friendly staff, to learn a range of skills to help them on their way to a career in hospitality.


Buzz Cafe serves delicious, affordable food that keeps people returning week after week. A cafe, restaurant, and bar located in the heart of Hutt City, this is a family-friendly place where owners Michael and Hilary serve their customers with genuine care and passion for good food and drink. As Buzz is a cafe, restaurant and bar, rangatahi on work experience here gain great insight into all three areas of hospitality and take away great customer service skills.


Fuel For The Human Engine – the ultimate experience in gourmet burgers in New Zealand, incorporating delicious, fresh, natural ingredients. Burger Fuel Upper Hutt provides work experience opportunities for our rangatahi interested in customer service. The owner Barry and Manager Naveen are very experienced with working with young people and provide a supportive environment for rangatahi.

CALIFORNIA HOME & GARDEN and Glasshouse Café

California Home and Garden is much more than a garden store… it is Wellington’s largest garden centre with a huge range of products for the home. They also have their own in house café, the Glasshouse Café, where you can sit and enjoy something to eat and drink. California Gardens provide work experience for Youth Inspire rangatahi in both their store and café as well as employing graduates from our programmes.


Are new Zealand’s leading scaffolding, industrial height services and temporary structures company.  Across 15+ years in business, we’ve built a reputation we’re proud of and expanded our offering to span the full range of scaffolding and structure services. 


Carboglass has manufactured Composites for the Construction and Civil Infrastructure industry for over 35 years. From humble beginnings building Rowing skiffs in the hallway at home, to our current premises in Wingate where we have built some of the fastest cars on the planet to some of the largest composite structures in New Zealand. 

COUNTDOWN – Wainuiomata – Petone – Queensgate

Countdown employs 18,000 team members across stores, distribution centres, support offices, and meat/seafood plants making them one of New Zealand’s largest employers. They are committed to providing our customers with choice, value and convenience, so they’ll enjoy the best overall shopping experience. Behind the scenes, their in-store teams are supported by four dry grocery distribution centres, three fresh produce distribution centres, three chilled and frozen distribution centres, two meat and seafood processing plants and a central support office. Our rangatahi who complete their work experience placement in one of our Countdown partner’s stores, leave with valuable skills in warehouse work as well as customer service.


New Zealand owned and locally owned and operated in each city, CrestClean has been operating for over 20 years. With a team of over 2000 personnel, they provide many employment opportunities. Their training programmes meet internationally recognised industry training standards in practical cleaning techniques and Health and Safety. Each year, they host more than 200 training events for their personnel nationwide. CrestClean’s personnel are franchised owner operators who physically carry out the cleaning of their customers’ premises. The manager of the Wellington Region, Zainab Ali, sits on the board of Youth Inspire to provide support to an organisation she is passionate about.


With over 35 years in the pet grooming industry, Dazzling Dogs are an all-breed dog grooming service and a small to medium dog hotel and daycare. They are focused on providing all their services with the highest levels of customer satisfaction. Services include full grooming of all breeds large and small. For daycare guests, they have a big playroom with toys, interactive dog games, and lots of cuddles and tummy rubs. Their hotel quests stay in their own rooms at night and for meals and the rest of their stay is spent going for walks, playing in the day care room or relaxing in the lounge, as well as the occasional field trip. For rangatahi keen to gain experience in animal care, Dazzling Dogs provides a supportive learning environment and great customer service experience.


Dogs-R-Us is a small family business in the Epuni area who go the extra mile to cater for your dogs needs. They specialise in dog grooming small breeds of dogs. Steve and the team at Dogs-R-Us offer work experience opportunities for our rangatahi to gain customer service and dog grooming skills. 


Owner of three Hutt-based Domino’s stores, Rishi Sharma considers himself fortunate to be a part of a business that gives him the opportunity to help others. Rishi and his team have been awarded the Domino’s Hunter MacKenzie Big Heart, Big Fun award in recognition of their support of their local community. With a passion for providing young people with their first step into employment, Rishi is an ideal business partner for Youth Inspire. He hopes to have a young person work for him who he can mentor to become a franchisee.


Downer Group designs, builds, and sustains assets, infrastructure and facilities. They are the leading provider of integrated services in New Zealand and Australia. Downer Group employs more than 53,000 people across more than 300 sites, primarily in Australia and New Zealand, but also in the Asia-Pacific region, South America and Southern Africa. Their purpose is to create and sustain the modern environment by building trusted relationships with their customers to help them succeed, using world-leading insights and solutions. Downer offer work experience to our rangatahi who have helped on significant projects such as the Wainuiomata Hill shared path and the Wellington’s eastern gateway project near the airport. Our rangatahi who have done well have a great foothold in the civil construction sector.


The Dowse Art Museum is a free public gallery for people to enjoy contemporary art and culture. The Dowse has a significant public art collection with over 3,500 items. It is best known for New Zealand studio craft with one of the largest collections of this type in Aotearoa. They regularly have new and exciting exhibitions and offer fun, interactive programmes that relate to the school curriculum and encourage students to think creatively about a variety of subjects ranging from technology to social studies. Rangatahi on work experience here are placed into the visitor services team and gain highly valuable, transferable customer service skills.


With more than 60 years experience, this family business moves furniture and household contents locally, nationally and internationally. While moving households remains the core of our business, Efficient has developed a reputation of excellence with leading furniture manufacturers of New Zealand for delivery of products promptly, in top condition.


The Biosecurity team at Greater Wellington Regional Council (GWRC) work hard to keep our environment free of harmful plants, pests and diseases. In our beautiful regional parks, rangers are out in the bush checking traps and spraying weeds. The team offer work experience to our rangatahi who are keen on working in the outdoors and have an interest in protecting our environment. The work is physically demanding, but hugely rewarding and GWRC have great employment opportunities for the right people.


Murray Heaney provides a relaxed and friendly atmosphere in his salon and has a team of highly skilled stylists to help you look fabulous and feel great. The salon specialises in styles for formal occasions, precision cutting, colouring and hair extensions. Heaney on Jackson provides work experience to our rangatahi who are passionate about hair fashion and are keen to get a foot in the door in this industry. As well as skills required for hairdressing, rangatahi also learn transferable skills in customer service.


The Hutt Valley DHB provides a range of healthcare services for people in the Hutt Valley. Hutt Hospital is the heart of the DHB and employs multiple roles in health care. In the Hutt Hospital, the Domestic Services Team provide work experience opportunities for our rangatahi in the kitchen, records, cleaning, orderly, and store departments. The HVDHB is one of the biggest employers in the Hutt Valley and they provide support and future opportunities to our rangatahi who do their work experience there.


Intergroup are New Zealand’s Infrastructure and Industrial Services leaders, with more than 40 years experience. They do everything from pipeline inspection and repair, to drainage maintenance, hydro excavation, liquid waste management, specialist industrial and marine services, ultra high-pressure water-jetting and more. Rangatahi who do their work experience here will get a foot in the door of a company that employs over 500 staff who work on projects throughout Aotearoa.

KORAUNUI – Stokes Valley Community Hub

A space for the whole community; the Koraunui Stokes Valley Community Hub showcases multiple facilities under one roof, including a brand new library, hall, toy library, community house, Plunket and bookable meeting rooms. The team at Koraunui offer a wide range of work experiences to our rangatahi including running kids programmes, working in the library, setting up games and meeting rooms and other community work!


Laughalots indoor amusement park is a fantastic venue for families where the little ones can safely run wild and the parents can chat with friends while enjoying great coffee and tasty kai from RAW Goodness, Molly Woppy and Zaida’s. Our rangatahi on work experience have the opportunity to learn customer service, hospitality, and childminding all in the one business.


The Lower Hutt Events Centre is a brand new, purpose-built venue in the heart of Lower Hutt. Their spaces range from private meeting rooms to large conference and banquet spaces. The Town Hall Auditorium has been retained for performances, theatre, recitals and concerts, while the New Hall Auditorium can be easily configured to host up to 900 guests. The Event Space with beautiful floor to ceiling windows provides stunning views of the picturesque Riddiford Garden is perfect for weddings. Our rangatahi on work experience here have a range of opportunities from kitchen, cafe, bar, events and administration, they are well on their way to a career in hospitality.


The Mad Butcher was founded by the notable Sir Peter Leitch in 1971, and since then have provided the meat for millions of Kiwi BBQs, roasts and other delicious meals. The Mad Butcher has always been a huge supporter of the local community and it has been a pleasure to build a relationship with the Mad Butcher Hutt Valley. 


The Measurement Standards Laboratory (MSL) is the New Zealand national measurement laboratory. MSL ensures New Zealand’s measurement units are consistent. They are the kaitiaki of many primary standards, such as the kilogram, the metre, time, electricity, temperature and light. These primary standards are used to make sure a wide range of instruments are accurate. For example, a speed camera used for the enforcement of traffic laws or a petrol pump used for dispensing fuel into our cars. MSL provide work experience for our rangatahi in administration so that they can experience what opportunities there are working for the New Zealand Government.


From small beginnings working with office furniture designers and manufacturers, Metal Art is now a leading force in the creation of functional and stylish corporate office and public spaces throughout New Zealand. This is a family-run business that has supported Youth Inspire since we began in 2014. Our rangatahi on work experience here gain insight into working in a factory, learn valuable transferable skills, and have the opportunity to gain experience in their sister business, Powder Coating, as well.


Muffin Break take wholesome recipes, quality ingredients and an abundance of passion… and turn them into memorable moments. It’s the kind of good they’ve been sharing since 1989. Suzanne and the team at Muffin Break provide amazing work experience opportunities for our rangatahi interested in hospitality and customer service. Their supportive team environment makes it a great place to learn.


New World support a variety of community organisations and initiatives – they love playing their part to help our local community thrive. We are so excited to work with Dan and the team at New World Stoked Valley to support our rangatah. New World provide a range of work experience options for our young people throughout their supermarket.


PAK’nSAVE Petone is an independently owned store that has a strong community focus. Pak’nSave follow a food warehouse format unique to New Zealand supermarket shopping. They buy and stock a range of everyday basic products in bulk in such large volumes they can pass the cost savings onto the consumer, in the form of New Zealand’s lowest overall food prices. Pak’nSave Petone offers our rangatahi opportunities to work in various produce areas and provides them with a chance to develop their customer service skills.


The Petone Club is a multi-award-winning venue that prides itself on being a focal point within the community. They are a vibrant member organisation with many members enjoying the bistro, bar and function rooms. Since 1887, the Club has been an important institution in Lower Hutt and is now a great supporter of Youth Inspire. Our rangatahi on work experience help in both the Bistro and the Lounge Bar to learn valuable hospitality skills.


Powder Coating Services is a market leader with a production facility housing a variety of spray booths, large batch ovens, and a high-volume chain line. As the sister business of Metal Art, they are a family-run business that has supported Youth Inspire since 2014. Our rangatahi on work experience there learn the ins and outs of factory work and have the opportunity to gain experience at Metal Art too.


Racetech is a New Zealand manufacturer of advanced motorsport seats and supplier of a range of safety focused race parts for teams and competitors. Racetech provides work experience opportunities within their factory based in Seaview. They then sell a range of different seats for race cars all over the world.


Repco is an Australian automotive engineering/retailer company. Its name is an abbreviation of Replacement Parts Company and it is best known for spare parts and motor accessories. The team at Repco Lower Hutt provide work experience opportunities for our programmes within their store and stock room. Work experience at Repco allow our rangatahi to gain customer service experience and expand their knowledge of parts and accessories.


All the profits from the Red Cross Shops help provide humanitarian aid and support in our communities and around the world. The Red Cross Shop on Jackson Street has a range of clothing, accessories, footwear, curtains, books, toys, kitchenware, homeware, and manchester. Our rangatahi who do their work experience here gain valuable retail experience and transferable customer services skills.


Recon Security Ltd is a comprehensive commercial and residential security contractor offering professional security alarms, active alarm monitoring, rapid response and diligent security guard personnel throughout the Wellington and Auckland regions, as well as regional New Zealand. Our rangatahi who do their work experience here gain insight into the operations of a large security firm as well as transferable customer service skills.


The Common Unity Project Aotearoa is a charity that initiates, umbrellas, partners and supports locally owned enterprises. They celebrate the resources in our community and work hard to address challenges that affect us all. Their mission is to ensure Every Child has a Village and they run a number of projects to make this happen, such as Urban Kai Farms, ReCycled rides, Beeple Honey Collective, and the Common Grocer. The Unity Kitchen not only gifts meals to school students, marae, vulnerable local families and Women’s Refuge, they also cater for events and run foodie workshops. Our rangatahi join the Remakery, where they help in the Unity Kitchen and The ReMakery cafe where they learn food prep and cooking, barista, and customer service.


Seashore Cabaret is a lively café and restaurant on the Petone seafront. They are a living wage employer serving fine food and organic and fairtrade Good Fortune Coffee. Owner/managers Matt Wilson and Freya Atkinson also have the cutest little cafe in Gracefield, Miss Fortunes, as well as a Cafe and Roastery, the House of Good Fortune, in a converted villa on Fitzherbert Street, Petone. They value quality of service and provide our rangatahi with excellent back-of-house experience in the Kitchen.


Known as the sunniest place in Lower Hutt. Pop in for fantastic healthy options, big breakfasts or coffee made by the excellent team at Shine Café lead by owner-operator, Sue Read. Shine Café love bringing a new twist to the Lower Hutt café scene and provide healthy, raw, vegetarian and vegan options as well as old favourites like ginger crunch and big breakfast. Passionate about the community and providing excellent customer service to all, Sue teaches our rangatahi on work experience how to provide hospitality that goes above and beyond the basic requirements.


Strong for Honda is the largest specialist Honda auto dismantler in the Wellington area. With substantial stocks of Honda parts on hand, Strong for Honda can often supply parts requirements on the same day. The Sales Team can access information on all their parts including price, condition, even the colour, so their customers can have complete confidence when they make an inquiry. Managed by Brendan Bateup, this small, friendly team, provide a great training ground for our rangatahi on work experience who have a love of cars. Rangatahi not only learn automotive skills, they also learn about stock management systems and develop customer service skills.


Tihei Rangatahi is a youth initiative in Wainuiomata. They pride themselves on providing quality programmes for rangatahi to enhance their overall wellbeing. The team at Tihei Rangatahi encourage young budding leaders of tomorrow to connect with like minds, build independence while nurturing their values and inspiring them to dream. Tihei Rangatahi provide afterschool programme, holiday programmes, music support and enhancement. Our rangatahi on work experience here have an opportunity to work for a Te Ao Māori organisation and assist with their programmes or work on reception or help out with the food bank.


Tom & Luke believe we are what we eat. Their food philosophy is based on their absolute respect for food. Food in its natural state and all its forms. They understand that nutrition and the food we put into our bodies forms the building blocks of all our cells and fuels our energy source. Tom & Luke have gone from making 7 Trinity Bars a week to 1 million Snackaballs a week. Nestled in the Wainuiomata valley, their factory is an important part of the community there. Our rangatahi who do their work experience with Tom and Luke learn health & safety, team work, and excellent communication skills.


Trade School Kitchen is a social enterprise cafe, and a key part of the Trade School Industries Trust. This cafe is the Trust’s first venture, where they aim to build a thriving business and be a place of manaakitanga to the Naenae community. With delicious baked goods and amazing coffee, this cafe is a little gem in the Hutt’s North-East. Our rangatahi on work experience here learn the essentials of hospitality and customer service as well as barista skills. Rangatahi on our Licence to Work programme also have the opportunity to receive NZQA accredited barista training.


Uniplas was formed in 2006 with the merger of Lamnei Plastics Ltd and All Plastics Ltd bringing together a formidable amount of industry experience. Uniplas is based in Wellington, New Zealand and specialises in custom moulding, with 18 injection moulding machines located at their manufacturing premises in Lower Hutt. Uniplas provides work experience opportunities within their factory and store room to our rangatahi interested in factory work.


The Wainuiomata Community Hub offers a range of services, learning opportunities, social services, and activities that enhance the life of our community. Run by the Hutt City Council, the Hub has a library and meetings rooms catering to many community events. Our rangatahi who do their work experience here assist with shelving and issuing books, and setting up and helping run public programmes. They gain key skills in customer service and confidence in working with a team.


The Walter Nash Centre is operated by Hutt City Council and caters for community activities and programmes. It’s a venue for sports events, concerts, award ceremonies and weddings. Taita Library is the heart of the Walter Nash Centre, with a dynamic team offering a range of programmes and services for the wider Taita community. Our rangatahi who have the chance to do their work experience here, have the opportunity to assist on reception, help out in the library and work on the events, including packing in and out and assisting visitors.


Z Energy is a New Zealand fuel distributor with branded service stations across the country. Z Energy supports Youth Inspire and our rangatahi by providing work experience opportunities across all of their stations based in the Hutt Valley as well as employing many of our graduates.