Exceptional Talent Inspires Support From SKYCITY



Overwhelmed with the exceptional talent presented by First Foundation in 2017, Scholarship Partner SKYCITY Entertainment Group is excited to continue its support of the foundation this year.

With a long history of investing in youth development and employment programmes, SKYCITY Entertainment Group Talent and Organisational Development Manager Amanda Tolley says First Foundation is the ideal organisation to sponsor.

“We were introduced to First Foundation through our partnership with TupuToa Corporate Pathways Programme,” Amanda explains. “Recognising the need to provide greater support earlier for youth to reach their full potential, SKYCITY felt that First Foundation was a natural partnership to ensure this support.”

As a Scholarship Partner, SKYCITY is matched with a scholar who is part of First Foundation’s Scholarship programme. This year, SKYCITY has increased its support to take on a second scholar.

Scholarship Partners provide financial assistance towards the scholar’s tertiary fees. They also provide the scholar with part-time work throughout the four-year programme which starts in the final year of secondary school and finishes after the scholar completes their university degree.

While SKYCITY’s financial commitment spans four years, Amanda says the organisation believes the most important part of its support is the ongoing work experience it will provide over the term of study. “We’ll look to work with the student and their family to ensure this is complementary to their area of study where possible and, of course, doesn’t detract from their other commitments such as family, volunteering, church, or sports.”

SKYCITY has a strong Corporate Social Responsibility programme, which includes a commitment to “building communities by developing people, with a focus on youth,” Amanda says.

Through its sponsorship of First Foundation, SKYCITY is not only helping scholars worthy of support to achieve their dreams by giving them a hand up, but also accomplishing its organisational goals. “Providing demonstrable economic and social benefits to the communities in which we operate and being a good corporate citizen is important to us, which is why we have a significant focus and commitment on youth employment and development.”

SKYCITY believes businesses have an important role in ensuring they are benefiting society as a whole, Amanda says.

“We all have a part to play in contributing to the future of New Zealand – and the youth of today are our future talent. There are so many talented young people out there who need support and it feels appropriate to give, when one can do so.”

If you wish to find out more information about becoming a Scholarship Partner, email Amanda Gilchrist at amanda.gilchrist@firstfoundation.org.nz or phone +6427 550 7777.

(Pictured: Selu-Kian Faletoese, Class of 2017, who has been matched with Scholarship Partner SKYCITY Entertainment Group)

“We all have a part to play in contributing to the future of New Zealand – and the youth of today are our future talent."