December 13, 2012
Cash will boost Canterbury trade training
Canterbury Māori trade training programme He Toki ki Te Rika today signed a $1 million funding agreement with the government.
The scheme, a partnership between Ngāi Tahu, Canterbury Polytechnic Institute of Technology and Hawkins Construction, has already trained more than 150 Māori, with 89 of them already in work and the rest in further training.
The investment includes 300 apprenticeship grants, money to employ an apprenticeship coordinator and a skills broker, and support for the Māori social services that provide pastoral care to the trainees.
Ngāi Tahu chair Mark Solomon says the iwi wants Māori to become trades leaders, which will have long-term benefits for the Canterbury region.
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