November 26, 2015
More training opportunities for rangatahi
The government says changes to the Maori and Pasifika Trades Training programme will open the door for more learners.
From next year young people will be able to go straight on the programme at 16 or 17, rather than having to wait until they are 18.
The maximum entry age is also being raised from 34 to 40.
Tertiary Education Skills and Employment Minister Steven Joyce says rangatahi who are not engaged in the classroom will have the opportunity to progress into a career that will set them up for life.
Training providers believe the older students will provide leadership within groups of learners and become advocates for trades training in their communities.
More money will be put into funding programmes and connecting learners with employers, and the $1000 tools grant for learners who enter a New Zealand Apprenticeship will be available immediately, rather than after a 90-day wait.
Mr Joyce says lifting the participation of young Maori and Pasifika in meaningful employment, especially in regional New Zealand, is important to the Government’s Business Growth Agenda.
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