August 18, 2019
Taitokerau NEETS initiatives boosted
The Provincial Growth will invest $3.88 million in a range of digital, work and life skills training for young unemployed people in Northland.
Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones and Employment Minister Willie Jackson says the programmes will support over 800 rangatahi.
The grants include almost $1 million for He Puna Mārama Trust's NGEN Room, which combines training in digital technology, life skills and work experience, $400,000 for Kāmo Driving School's Life Talk programme, which teaches digital skills and also puts trainees through driver licensing, and $2.5 million for the He Poutama Taitamariki programme.
Mr Jackson says since it started last October He Poutama Taitamariki has worked with 116 employers to get more than 750 rangatahi into further training or employment.
The Fund will also invest $3 million over three years in the Accelerating our Capability programme, which prepares young people in Kaikohe for jobs in local industry, horticulture or viticulture.
Mr Jones says the town which faces significant economic and social challenges, including a high rate of people who are not earning or learning.
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