March 09, 2021
$3m boost for rangatahi employment programme
Five more companies and community trusts have been added to the roster of He Poutama Rangatahi, a programme to prepare rangatahi for employment.
Social Development and Employment Minister Carmel Sepuloni says the $3 million investment will reach almost 200 at-risk rangatahi and their whānau.
Almost $1 million will go to Te Kāhui Maru Trust in Taranaki for its 17-week Tupu-ā-nuku environmental workforce development training programme preparing rangatahi for work in conservation or forestry sectors.
It includes wrap-around pastoral care and a kaupapa Māori approach to help the 60 participants re-connect to the whenua and their roles as kaitiaki.
A similar amount will go to Te Nehenehenui Māori Committee to deliver its 6-month Whakatutuki Work Ready programme to 60 rangatahi from rural areas around Benneydale.
Murupara’s Kohutapu Lodge & Tribal Tours gets $540,000 for its Manawa Ora Rangatahi life skills programme, while Thermawise Construction will receive $300,000 to help 18 Horowhenua and Manawatū rangatahi with on the job learning to complete a basic construction trade skills qualification.
The Wairoa Young Achievers Trust, which has already helped almost 60 rangatahi into training, education or employment, will get additional funding to partner with Rongomaiwahine Iwi Trust on a programme for 15 rangatahi in Mahia.
Ms Sepuloni says so far 5,130 young people enrolled in 59 He Poutama Rangatahi programmes which have helped them overcome barriers to employment such as having no driver’s license, no previous qualifications, or criminal convictions.
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