May 12, 2013
Ngāi Tahu model for trade training expanded
The Industry Training Federation is welcoming a budget boost for Maori and Pasifika trades training.
The Government intends to spend $43 million over the next four years to increase the number of places to 3000.
There are currently 600 places on a Pasifika scheme and He Toki ki te Rika, a scheme to train Māori for jobs in the Christchurch rebuild.
Federation Chief Executive Mark Oldershaw says research shows Māori trainees can thrive in workplace-based training.
The Government says the extra training places will come from partnerships between Māori and Pasifika organisations, tertiary training providers, and employers.
He Toki ki te Rika is a joint venture between Te Rūnanga ō Ngāi Tahu, Christchurch Polytechnic Institute of Technology and Hawkins Construction.
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