Welcome to Smart Waikato

Empowering youth through real education to employment pathways.

Employers & educators, register here to join FutureForce® Action Network (FAN) and access free on-line tools.


Smart Waikato is best known for FutureForce® Action Network, Secondary School Employer Partnerships (SSEP) and co-ordination of the Lion Foundation Young Enterprise Scheme (YES)  in the region.

Smart Waikato is a strategic partner in FutureForce® Waikato, a ground-breaking careers resource designed to give young people the best advice about sustainable careers in the region in a youth-friendly format. 

Smart Waikato's Guiding Principles

  1. To provide positive input into the lives of young Waikato people their whanau and communities
  2. To build purposeful sustainable partnerships with community, central and local government, educators and employers
  3. To facilitate connections to enable successful youth transitions to sustainable employment
  4. To recognise and respond to the specific needs of Maori and other communities
  5. To promote access to resources, support structures and workplace opportunities for educators, students and employers
  6. To help students and parents make more informed career path choices based on the current and future needs of the employment market
  7. To provide business with greater opportunities to access young talent
  8. To foster innovation, enterprise, skills enhancement and work readiness
  9. To inspire and celebrate the success of both youth and employers