Funding expands work-readiness programme in Hawke's Bay

Published: Aug 17, 2020 · Updated: Dec 1, 2020

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Thanks to a Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) investment of $2.1 million, a Hastings-based work-readiness programme will be expanding to help more women develop their self-confidence to create a future that they choose.

A group of professional women smiling. Behind them is a green wall and TDH sign.

The team at The Development Hub.

The Development Hub (TDH) has previously received funding of $194,394 through the He Poutama Rangatahi programme allocation and then a further $780,434 under the Te Ara Mahi programme.

The new allocation is from the Te Ara Mahi allocation of the PGF and recognises the programme's success - consistently achieving employment outcomes above 80% across its TDH programmes.

The Initiate Wahine Toa programmes by TDH are run over six weeks and are limited to around 14 members to make sure they all get both group support and one on one mentoring.

Programme members do outdoor activities, learning modules for personal and professional development, learn how to write a CV and cover letter, practice interview techniques and gain an understanding of employer expectations.

The courses also cover goal setting, budgeting, confidence building, public speaking and understanding personal barriers and solutions to employment.

TDH is not a rehabilitation programme. It's a work-readiness programme supported by clinical partnerships to address individuals challenges and struggles, including the clinical needs of women facing addiction issues along with other barriers to employment.

The project will support at least 168 women through the work-readiness programme over the next 2 years.

Through the TDH programme, women become work-ready, encouraged and empowered to flourish.

TDH also collaborates closely with local businesses and community organisations to ensure the candidates have access to suitable and sustainable employment opportunities.

The work of TDH is aligned to Matariki Hawke’s Bay Regional Development Strategy for Economic and Social Growth work area 2 - to improve pathways to and through employment.