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

In January 2018, the Government announced $13.275 million in funding for HPR programmes in Te Tai Tokerau, Eastern Bay of Plenty, Gisborne/Tairāwhiti and Hawke’s Bay. 

If a project is eligible for Provincial Growth Fund support, you may also be considered for HPR funding, if it meets both Provincial Growth Fund and HPR criteria.

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Published: May 21, 2019