$82m for pathways to work

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The Government is investing in employment, skills and capability in our regions. The Provincial Growth Fund will invest $82.4 million across a number of projects to get local people into local jobs through funding initiatives that support pathways to work, or Te Ara Mahi.

Te Ara Mahi initiatives will support local people to learn the skills required for local jobs as well as helping employers meet their growing labour force needs.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, who made the announcement at Mangatoa Station today, said that the investment will ensure local people have the opportunity to take up work created by projects supported by the Provincial Growth Fund.

Of the $82.4 million, $60 million will be set aside for programmes in five of the PGF’s surge regions (Northland/Te Tai Tokerau, Bay of Plenty, Gisborne/Tairāwhiti, Hawke’s Bay and Manawatū-Whanganui) which face particular challenges including high unemployment, low wages and lower productivity compared to the rest of New Zealand.

An additional $20 million has been allocated to non-surge regions. $2.4m will be used to support programme delivery.

Within the funding allocated to the regions, we will be investing in two specific programmes that support Māori and Pasifika: He Poutama Rangatahi, a programme targeted at supporting rangatahi who are Not in Employment, Education or Training (NEET), will receive $13.275 million.  $8.85 million will support the expansion of Ministry for Pacific Peoples’ successful Pacific Employment Support Service to reduce Pacific NEETs.

Find out more about Te Ara Mahi and how to apply for funding.

Published: Feb 4, 2019