The Government is investing in employment, skills and capability in our regions. The Provincial Growth Fund will get local people into local jobs through funding initiatives that support pathways to work, or Te Ara Mahi.
We’re making significant investments in regional New Zealand, and we want to make sure that local people have the opportunity to take up work and support the delivery of these projects.
Getting more people into sustained employment improves wellbeing, delivers positive social outcomes and contributes to sustainable regional growth.
The Provincial Growth Fund will support people on different parts of the entire employment pathway, uplifting them into sustained employment in the regions. This includes:
- people who don’t currently have a job, so they can enter into and sustain employment
- people who have a job but may not be reaching their full potential, and could upskill with some targeted support
- employers and others who may need support, coordination or connections to employ local people in local jobs.
In February 2019, the Government announced that the Provincial Growth Fund will set aside $82.4 million in funding for regional employment, skills and capability.
We are considering projects and activities for PGF funding which:
- focus on any aspect of the pathway to employment for people in the regions. This includes tailored support for people to become work-ready, gain and sustain employment; and to support those who are underemployed and could upskill.
- focus on employers who may need support, coordination or connections, to employ local people into local jobs.
- focus on any age group within the working age population. If your project/activity focuses solely on people aged 15-24, you could also consider the He Poutama Rangatahi programme, which is specifically for activities involving younger people.
- target any regions except the Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch metropolitan areas.