Providing urban rangatahi a path to sustainable employment

Published: Nov 6, 2020

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In a first for the He Poutama Rangatahi initiative, urban rangatahi are benefitting from more than $1.75m in government grants to help them learn the skills they need to be ready for work while supporting them into further training, education, or employment.

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For the first time, urban rangatahi are benefitting from He Poutama Rangatahi funding to help them learn the skills to find jobs.

He Poutama Rangatahi is an MBIE initiative aimed at supporting rangatahi aged 15-24 who aren’t currently in education, employment or training and are at risk of long-term unemployment.

In Auckland, a programme specifically focused on unemployed urban youth is receiving funding.

The Manukau Urban Māori Authority Mahi Employment Partnerships is getting a $999,950 grant to deliver an employment-focused programme for rangatahi aged 18 to 24, with particular focus on Māori rangatahi in South Auckland.

The programme is specifically tailored to these young people and is intensely concentrated on supporting motivational and attitudinal change while being engaging and flexible.

In Wellington, funding is going to a programme specifically targeted at young wāhine.

Wāhine Whakamana o Wainuiomata is receiving a grant of $754,800 to help Māori and Pasifika wāhine. The programme’s ultimate goal is to see each participating wāhine make the transition into further training, employment, or business start-up.

The programme does this by delivering raranga training at the same time helping local wāhine build self-confidence and self-agency, andlife skills as they work towards formal raranga qualifications.