Fulfilling a key Coalition Agreement win, the Limited Service Volunteer (LSV) programme will expand to accommodate 1600 students from its current 800-student capacity.
The LSV is a programme run by the Ministry of Social Development and the NZ Defence Force that puts young people who are not employed or in school into a boot camp with NZDF instructors to learn a wide range of life skills while also undergoing physical training.
Social workers and other specialist staff are also available to support the trainees during the six-week course, which aims boosts their self-esteem and confidence while promoting an active and healthy lifestyle. Classes which students take include how to quit smoking, budgeting, and health.
The programme accepts applicants between the ages of 18-25 years old, and has a stellar success rate with 80 per cent of those who join going on to complete the course. It is expected that students who complete an LSV programme will increase their chances of finding employment, and also teach them vital life skills.
Last month, a new $11 million facility was opened at the Whenuapai Airbase in Auckland to support the expansion plans. It is part of a key NZ First Coalition Agreement win that aims to introduce 800 more places into the programme, providing more opportunities for our unemployed and out-of-school youth.