February 17, 2019
East Coast rangatahi to get job training on whenua
East Coast rangatahi are being given the chance to learn job skills by working on conservation and erosion management in the Waiapu catchment.
Employment Minister Willie Jackson says the new programme Ka Hao te Rangatahi is an example of a community working together to deliver for local young people.
He says it will enable the rangatahi to thrive and become advocates for the whenua while they upskill for local employment options.
The programme has been developed for 16 – 24 year olds who are not in employment, education or training and need tailored support to connect with employment.
Support includes a full-time pastoral care coordinator. Conservation Minister Eugenie Sage says learning about the land and how to protect nature sets young people up with great skills and a stronger connection to both whenua and their community.
They will learn everything from fencing and operating farm machinery to pest management and protecting native birds and other wildlife in the Waiapu catchment.
Based in Ruatōria/Waiapu the course content is delivered by Eastern Institute of Technology tutors with additional content and support provided by the Department of Conservation, Ngā Whenua Rāhui, the Gisborne District Council and local community leaders, experts and employers.
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