Growing skills and capability with the Provincial Growth Fund

Published: Oct 20, 2020 · Updated: Dec 1, 2020

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The Bay of Plenty, Waikato, Hawke’s Bay and Tairāwhiti will receive more than $7 million from the Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) to grow skills and capability in sectors such as health, horticulture, construction and engineering.

Funding will support seven programmes offering up to 545 people a range of benefits including pastoral support, job brokerage services, pre-employment and skills courses, industry specific training and work experience and apprenticeships.

The programmes will upskill people who are out of work and retrain those who have lost jobs due to the impacts of COVID-19.

Projects receiving support from the PGF’s Te Ara Mahi allocation

Bay of Plenty

Te Puna Ora o Mataatua will receive just over $2,950,000 for its He Waka Eke Noa – Mahi Ora programme. This Eastern Bay of Plenty programme will provide 300 participants over two years with a 12-week health sector employment programme. This includes work placements in areas such as home-based care, therapeutics, administration, management, midwifery and nursing.

Robert Black Contracting Limited will receive just over $1,110,000 for its Ana Whakamua – RB Land Workforce Development Programme. The programme will provide 54 trainees over two years with practical experience and formal NZQA training modules in areas such as pest management, farm maintenance, horticulture and environmental work.


Te Pou Herenga o Tūwharetoa Trustee Limited will receive nearly $1 million for its Te Hua Ake – Creating Opportunities programme. The programme will connect 64 people over two years with training, work placement and employment opportunities using a team of mobile mentors to provide support in marae, training institutes, workplaces and at home with participants.

Tū Tonu Limited will receive just over $543,000 for its Tū Tonu – He Kakano programme. The programme will provide 10 people with an 18-month practical hauora (health) and rehabilitation training course, covering topics such as Te Ao Māori and cultural identity, business fundamentals, marketing and branding, financial literacy and industry networking. 

Hawke's Bay

Driver CPC Limited will receive just over $188,000 for its VR forklift training programme, Whiti. The programme will use a virtual reality (VR) simulator to provide practical forklift experience for 80 people. The VR method has been shown to reduce the amount of post-qualification training required in harvest, cool and cold chain, processing and packaging industries. The programme will help up to 64 participants into work. 

Te Wai Mauri Trust will receive just over $260,000 for its Project Nurture programme. The programme will provide 12 people with on-site practical training in areas such as planting and pruning, fencing, health and safety, pest management, machinery operation and Māori cultural development. 

Project receiving support from the PGF’s Regional Apprenticeship Initiative


Te Rūnanga o Tūranganui ā Kiwa will receive $1 million for its Tairāwhiti Regional Apprenticeships scheme. The programme will help 25 apprentices, over two years, to secure apprenticeships and obtain a trade-based qualification in sectors such as construction, horticulture, forestry, engineering, farming and agriculture. Programme participants will also be provided with pastoral care to support their personal development and help overcome barriers to employment.