June 22, 2014
Boost for Maori trades
Five more groups and consortia have been picked to deliver the government’s $43 million Maori and Pasifika trades training initiative.
Associate Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment Minister Tariana Turia says the initiative supports young people while also strengthening communities by bringing iwi, hapu, Maori and Pasifika groups together with community, business and tertiary education organisations.
The Southern Initiative Maori and Pasifika Trades Training in South Auckland will be led by Auckland Council.
Trainees will learn theory through the Open Polytechnic’s distance learning systems, and practical experience and mentoring will come from community providers and companies in the infrastructure industry.
Another Auckland Maori and Pacific Trades Initiative with a focus on both construction and infrastructure trades will be run jointly by Unitec, Manukau Institute of Technology and Te Wananga o Aotearoa.
Te Matarau Education Trust and Northland Polytechnic will run a programme for Tai Tokerau based on the building and primary industries.
Waiariki Institute of Technology in Rotorua will run a carpentry course.
Te Runanganui o Ngati Porou will be funded for its Te Toka Initiative on the East Coast, which used iwi resources to give trainees qualifications in carpentry, agriculture and forestry.
Contracts were signed earlier this year by the the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment and the Tertiary Education Commission with consortia in the Hawke’s Bay, East Coast, Waikato, Wellington and Canterbury.
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