July 06, 2018
Urban jobless rangatahi next target
After tackling high youth unemployment levels in some high need regions, Employment Minister Willie Jackson is turning his sights on jobless urban rangatahi.
Until now he has been dishing out funds to regionally-based programmes such as he Poutama Rangatahi, which aims to support communities to get their young people into work through a mix of training, intensive pastoral care and support for employers.
Now the long time urban Māori advocate says it’s time for groups in the city to show what sort of ideas they have to offer.
"You know the business we've been doing in the regions, we want to replicate that in the west Aucklands, south Aucklands, Upper Hutt, Wainuiomata. We want to give our people in the city an opportunity to get resourcing and funding out to support employers, to support rangatahi to support young people who aren't in education or training," says Minister Willie Jackson.
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