May 16, 2013
Hope for trainees in budget
Today’s budget will include $800 million in new spending, including a boost for Māori trade training.
Finance Minister Bill English says his priorities are building economic momentum and addressing the risks of a housing bubble while staying on track for a surplus for the 2014-15 year.
The Government has also hinted there will be action on child poverty.
Meanwhile, the latest group of 68 He Toki ki te Rika trainees have been welcomed on to Christchurch Polytechnic’s Trades Innovation Institute.
They will learn trades like carpentry, welding, painting and decorating, and plasterboard.
Today’s budget includes $43 million over four years to boost to 3000 the number of trainees in programmes like He Toki ki te Rika, which is led by Te Rūnanga ō Ngāi Tahu in partnership with the polytech, employers and government agencies.
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