He Poutama Rangatahi

Youth employment pathways

The Government is working to improve local employment outcomes for rangatahi to enable higher living standards and improved social outcomes for regional communities.

He Poutama Rangatahi (HPR) is a pilot initiative that supports rangatahi aged 15-24 who are most at risk of long-term unemployment and who are not in education, employment or training.

We’re investing in this work because we know that sustained employment makes a real difference in the lives of rangatahi who aren’t currently earning or learning. It sets them on a path of long term employment which will deliver benefits for entire communities.

Through supporting local organisations, HPR helps to deliver sustained employment outcomes for rangatahi. As part of this, HPR also supports employers who need access to specialised employment support matched to the needs of rangatahi. A successful HPR project provides young people and employers with the tools and intensive support needed to help rangatahi into work.

With projects funded by both the Ministry of Business, Innovation & Employment and the Provincial Growth Fund, HPR has received $13.275 million each year since it was first announced in January 2018. 

Under Budget 2020, HPR received a further $121 million over four years to extend the programme beyond the regions to urban areas like West and South Auckland, Hamilton, Porirua and East Christchurch. 

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Published: Aug 5, 2020