Māori Trades and Training to get $5.5m funding boost

Māori Trades and Training to get $5.5m funding boost

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The New Zealand Government made a new funding announcement at midday on Monday that Whānau and communities in Tairāwhiti-East Coast, Northland-Tai Tokerau and the Bay of Plenty will be set to receive a further boost.

Announcing the boost, it will be for Māori Trades and Training to Social Development and Employment.

“The Government is continuing to support Māori into work and training by investing $5.5m to help up to 150 Māori train and gain qualifications,” Minister Carmel Sepuloni announced today.

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“The funding recipients are Maniaia SAFE Forestry School and the ICONIQ Group in Tairāwhiti-East Coast, North Drill Ltd in Northland-Tai Tokerau and Minginui Nursery in the Bay of Plenty.”

“Four funding recipients are providing high-quality programmes to help their regions’ rangatahi get the training and qualifications they need to find long-term jobs in their local communities.”

It aims the fund towards something more than ‘just learning new skills’ by providing rangatahi with pastoral care in guidance to get qualifications and gain confidence in productively participating in local communities to build stronger economies.

Work safety in forestry, horticulture nursery and experience will be available to get jobs in the drilling, mining and quarrying industries.

“They will learn how to build safe, warm, healthy homes, benefitting their whānau and the neighbourhoods they live in,” said Minister Carmel Sepuloni.

“Today’s announcement is focused on regions where we want to engage with Māori and rangatahi who have been impacted by COVID-19 or who are not in education, employment or training. We want to help Māori get the training and qualifications they need to find long-term jobs.”

“Māori Trades and Training sits alongside other Government programmes like Apprenticeship Boost, Mana in Mahi and He Poutama Rangatahi.”

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