Sponsorship Partner – SKYCITY

10-Jul-2019

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Pictured: Amanda Tolley - Group Talent and Organisational Development Manager at Skycity

It is early days, but SKYCITY is delighted to be on-board as a First Foundation Sponsorship Partner. 

This is the first year SKYCITY has been a part of the First Foundation whanau and it is proud to be supporting two Scholars, says Amanda Tolley, Group Talent and Organisational Development Manager for the organisation. 

“Seeing the genuine quality of the youth of today has been a highlight so far,” she says. 

“It is incredibly difficult to choose students due to the high calibre on offer.” 

It is SKYCITY’s vision to be the leader in gaming, entertainment and hospitality in our communities. 

“We aim to provide demonstrable economic and social benefits to the communities in which we operate,” explains Tolley. 

“While we have worked within youth employment for a number of years, we only recently confirmed a consolidation of effort and focus to youth development and employment.” 

SKYCITY has a range of programmes that support this including being an inaugural supporter of TupuToa

“The First Foundation scholarship is a wonderful initiative that aligns with this commitment,” she says.  

As part of their First Foundation Scholarship, Scholars undertake work experience at their sponsor’s organisation. 

Amanda says the team at SKYCITY attempts to align the work experience it offers to the student’s interest, and it is completed within its corporate work environment.  

“They will learn to manage their time, set priorities and work to deadlines all while developing their inter-personal skills through working with a diverse group of people. 

“We also like to ensure they have opportunities to use their initiative and will encourage them to problem solve.” 

Through supporting First Foundation, Amanda says the organisation is hopeful it will positively impact its communities through contributing to the development of academic talent; and provide individuals foundational skills which will help them in years to come.


“We aim to provide demonstrable economic and social benefits to the communities in which we operate,” explains Tolley.