May 14, 2013
Plan to move Māori up building ranks
The Building and Construction Industry Training Organisation wants to get more Māori out of low wage jobs in the industry.
Chief Executive Ruma Karaitiana says while the Government’s push to get more young Māori into trades is laudable, there are already a lot of Māori labourers or hammer hands.
The ITO is partnering with Te Puni Kokiri to pilot a programme that will help those people do apprenticeships and move to the next level.
Another programme will focus on moving experienced trades people into supervisory and management roles.
"As well as getting people in at the bottom levels, we need to lift the top, because those people who are supervisors and managers and running their own businesses. If they are Maori, they are going to be inspirational and good mentors and trainers for the people coming through as well," Mr Karaitiana says.
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