Employment scheme to deliver 90 new jobs

Published: Apr 1, 2020 · Updated: Dec 1, 2020

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The Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) has announced the West Coast region will receive a $2.08 million PGF investment from the Te Ara Mahi allocation to get local people into local jobs.

“Employment schemes will ensure a robust and resilient economy that can respond to and recover from the economic impacts of COVID-19.

"The West Coast Regional Employment Scheme, being run by Development West Coast, will target skills shortages areas across the region and work with employers and employees to create sustainable employment opportunities which will keep both people and businesses in the region,” Provincial Development Unit Head Robert Pigou said.

“The employment scheme is supported by the Buller, Grey and Westland District Councils and will work with at least 90 people to train, upskill and support them into sustainable local employment for at least 18 months.

“Getting more people into sustained employment improves wellbeing, delivers positive social outcomes and contributes to sustainable regional growth. 

“Te Ara Mahi works with people across the whole pathway to employment including people who don’t currently have a job; people who have a job but who could upskill; and employers who have unmet workforce needs. 

“The scheme will be delivered with support from the local councils and the Ministry of Social Development (MSD). A co-ordinator will be employed to work with both employers and employees to match and upskill people to the jobs required by local employers. It builds on a similar initiative which ran from 2016 – 2018 in the Buller District that was jointly funded by Development West Coast and MSD which resulted in the creation of 22 new jobs and 22 employees in those jobs. 

“The Provincial Development Unit is working across government, business, and industry to protect jobs and businesses as the global economic downturn due to the COVID-19 pandemic continues to impact on our regions. 

“Provincial Growth Fund is working hard to roll out more financial support into regional projects that will have an immediate impact to support workers and businesses, and stimulate local economies,” Robert Pigou said.

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