Employment boost for rural communities

 Employment boost for rural communities
The Government is continuing to create opportunities for at-risk rangatahi overcome barriers to employment, education or training with the next tranche of He Poutama Rangatahi programmes, Minister for Social Development and Employment Carmel Sepuloni announced today. “We’re focused on supporting rangatahi to get what they need to progress in the real world, which is why we’ve announced funding for four programmes that aim to support rangatahi with driver license and work experience, digital skills and support with documentations for employment. “He Poutama Rangatahi is a successful and worthwhile initiative. For example, if you don’t have a driver license, qualifications or practical work skills, it is very difficult to tackle these challenges alone which is why this investment boost in these rural communities is important. “I expect over 160 rangatahi and their whānau to benefit from participating in these programmes. The four employment and skills programmes are Te Ara Poutama in Tairāwhiti/Gisborne, the School of Hard Knocks in the Bay of Plenty and Life Talk and Mauri Mahi, Mauri Ora, both in Tai Tokerau/Northland. “Three of the programmes – Te Ara Poutama, School of Hard Knocks and Life Talk – are already established with successful track records. Just as important is the ongoing pastoral care all four of these programmes are providing to help rangatahi keep to the path they’ve worked so hard to forge. “It is exciting to see the success stories coming through from these trusts which have previously run programmes with He Poutama Rangatahi funding.  “On average, over 80 percent of graduates from these three programmes have gone on to enrol in further education or training or got jobs. Providing additional funding for programmes like these with proven track records means more positive outcomes for participating rangatahi.” “These results show that tailoring programmes to the needs of young people and their region is not only helping them overcome challenges, but is paying dividends in getting them into sustainable employment, education or training. “The vast majority of rangatahi complete these programmes so they can move forward in their lives better equipped to choose career and life pathways that will not only better their own futures, but the future of their whānau and their communities.” Carmel Sepuloni said. ENDS Media Contact: Kieran Meredith, 021 817 570 Editors notes: ·         He Poutama Rangatahi has supported 2453 into employment, education or training.·         81 percent identify as Māori and 41 percent are wāhine The programmes receiving funding are:Te Ara PoutamaTūranga Ararau is receiving a further $462,000 investment to extend its Te Ara Poutama programme to another 48 rangatahi in Tairāwhiti/Gisborne. The programme is made up of a 12 week set programme, followed by 40 weeks pastoral care. The programme aims to equip rangatahi with key employment skills, including the ‘Passport to Employment’, training and qualifications, driver licensing and work experience, all while connecting them to their cultural identity School of Hard KnocksSocial Good Limited is receiving a further $620,315 investment to extend its School of Hard Knocks programme to another 30 rangatahi in the Eastern Bay of Plenty.  The programme consists of three 10-week courses (10 rangatahi per cohort) over 1.5 years, underpinned by ongoing and tailored pastoral care. Each course will include life and work-ready skills training, support to acquire documentation required for employment, one-on-one coaching, and sport and fitness. Life TalkKamo Driving School is receiving a further $792,000 investment to extend its Life Talk programme to another 40 rangatahi in Hokianga, in Tai Tokerau/Northland.  Life Talk is a 12-week programme that builds digital skills within the context of broader life and work skills development, including driver licensing. It combines digital skills training with local web developers, as well as work experience with local employers – both digital and non-digital based on the needs of participants.Mauri Mahi, Mauri OraNgā Ara Tōnui – Successful Pathways is receiving a $555,008 investment to deliver its Mauri Mahi, Mauri Ora to 48 young people in Whāngarei. This is the first time Ngā Ara Tōnui – Successful Pathways has run this programme.  Mauri Mahi, Mauri Ora is a 12-month programme that will consist of an 8 week intensive programme focussed on career development and will include CV building, presentation workshops, interview preparation, driver licensing, work experience and other help required on an individual basis.  This will be supported by an additional 10 months of pastoral care/manaaki tangata support. ·         Funding administered by the Provincial Development Unit is approved in-principle and announced, after which contracts are negotiated. Some funding may depend on the completion of business cases and payments are made once agreed milestones are met. Some figures may change following announcements as a result of the contracting process and other factors. 

Kieran Meredith Press Secretary

Office of Hon Carmel Sepuloni

DDI: +64 4 817 8294 | Mobile: +64 21 817 570 | Email: Kieran.Meredith@parliament.govt.nz

Minister for Social Development & Employment, Minister for Disability Issues, Minister for ACC, and Minister for Arts, Culture and Heritage

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