More skills and training funding for Wairarapa rangatahi

Published: Jul 24, 2019 · Updated: Dec 1, 2020

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More than 100 rangatahi in the Wairarapa are about to get the skills and training they need to get into employment.

Rangatahi at a workshop in the Wairarapa.

Rangatahi at a workshop run by YETE, learning about different career pathways

The Nga Pumanawa Tupuna programme will receive $948,000 of funding from the Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) through He Poutama Rangatahi (HPR).

The programme will be run in partnership by local training provider Youth, Education, Training and Employment (YETE) and Rural Education Action Programme (REAP) Wairarapa.

YETE Chairman Tom Hullena says the programme bridges a gap after formal schooling so rangatahi can be successful at work.

“What we find in the Wairarapa is that a lot of young kids are leaving school without the soft skills and confidence they need to be successful in a workplace.

“We want to target these kids while they’re still in education, and help prepare them before they leave school so they have a better chance of achieving their potential. If they don’t have the right skill set and attitude, the risk of failure can be quite high.”

Tom says YETE already works with employers in the region, who are open to hiring rangatahi with the right skills, particularly with a shortage in some industries like farming, construction and hospitality.

“We know there’s a real need in the Wairarapa for labour – when it comes to rangatahi, employers say to us they will hire kids with the right soft skills and attitudes, and teach them the rest.”

The programme will receive funding over two years to target 110 at-risk rangatahi aged 16-24 years old.

YETE is also supported by the three district councils in the region and is the first scheme HPR has supported outside its initial trial regions of Te Tai Tokerau, Eastern Bay of Plenty, Gisborne/Tairāwhiti and Hawke’s Bay.

Three rangatahi practicing interview skills on a YETE programme.

Rangatahi practicing interview skills on a YETE programme.