April 28, 2017
Tainui job strategy gets a boost
The chair of Waikato Tainui’s Te Arataura executive says a government investment in the tribe’s job creation efforts is an effective use of public money.
Te Puni Kokiri is putting $100,000 into the tribe’s Hamilton Careers Centre and $150 into establishing a similar programme in south Auckland.
Rahui Papa says having its people employed is a major plank in the Whakatupuranga Waikato Tainui 2050 strategy.
"2050 is too long. We're starting with stepping stones now with the apprenticeships and cadet ships, the Earn while you learn programme. They go in and actually there are a number of businesses that have jumped on board that have supported by accepting apprentices and cadets into their business," he says.
Rahui Papa says the tribe is also subsidising training for rangatahi to get their driver’s licences, which is one of the critical barriers to Maori getting jobs.
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