He Poutama Rangatahi supporting youth to stay in school

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Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones and Employment Minister Willie Jackson announced funding of nearly $175,000 to support the development of a hair and beauty academy in Northland, which local youth asked for.

Whangarei’s Kamo High School will receive the funding, over two years, for the pilot course from He Poutama Rangatahi, which is a cross-agency programme, funded by the Provincial Growth Fund aimed at supporting young people not in employment, education or training into work.

Minister Jones said Kamo High School surveyed its students to find out what would keep them engaged in learning. The overwhelming response from its female students was they would stay in school if the school offered training opportunities in the hair and beauty industry.

Female students in Northland represent the highest at-risk group for leaving school and not pursing further education or training. This collaborative course developed by Kamo High School and NorthTec aims to keep students engaged in education through an alternative trade not commonly provided in schools.

Through this course students will learn transferable skills such as customer service, hairdressing and beauty treatments, and anatomy and physiology. Students will do work placements with local businesses and provide hairdressing and beauty services to the local community.

The pilot course is a great example of how we can empower our communities through He Poutama Rangatahi to respond to the needs of their students and use relevant expertise to link rangatahi to skills and employment. Students will gain qualifications that will lead them into meaningful employment in the hair and beauty sector or go onto further study.

April 15, 2019