Funding boost for Māori Trades and Training

One of the recipients will be the Maniaia SAFE Forestry School. File photo.

Whānau and communities in Tairāwhiti-East Coast, Northland-Tai Tokerau and the Bay of Plenty are set to benefit from a funding boost for Māori Trades and Training, Social Development and Employment Minister Carmel Sepuloni announced today.

“The Government is continuing to support Māori into work and training by investing $5.5m to help up to 150 Māori train and gain qualifications.

“The funding recipients are Maniaia SAFE Forestry School and the ICONIQ Group in Tairāwhiti-East Coast, North Drill Ltd in Northland-Tai Tokerau and Minginui Nursery in the Bay of Plenty.

Maniaia SAFE Forestry School will get $180,000 of the funding, ICONIQ Group will receive $2.6 million, North Drill Ltd in will receive $1.75 million and Minginui Nursery is getting $1.052 million.

“The four funding recipients are providing high quality programmes to help their regions’ rangatahi get the training and qualifications they need to find long-term jobs in their local communities.

“But these programmes are about more than just learning new skills. They also provide rangatahi with the pastoral care, guidance, qualifications and confidence to productively participate in their local communities, while also helping build a stronger economy.

The funding will allow 148 rangatahi to be trained and gain qualifications, helping them to transition into the workforce.

It will also support 14 jobs within the organisations receiving the funding. These positions will manage, teach and provide pastoral care.

“Rangatahi will be taught how to safely work in forestry, acquire horticulture nursery skills and get the experience needed to get jobs in the drilling, mining and quarrying industries. Alternatively they will learn how to build safe, warm, healthy homes, benefitting their whānau and the neighbourhoods they live in.

“Today’s announcement is focused on regions where we want to engage with Māori and rangatahi who have been impacted by COVID-19, or who are not in education, employment or training. We want to help Māori get the training and qualifications they need, in order to find long-term jobs.

“Māori Trades and Training sits alongside other Government programmes like Apprenticeship Boost, Mana in Mahi and He Poutama Rangatahi. These programmes underline the Government’s commitment to creating greater pathways and opportunities for people to get into sustainable employment, education or training,” says Carmel Sepuloni.

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Posted on 16-03-2021 18:07 | By Kancho

Schools sometimes have an attitude that trades are lesser than academia and consequently think students who aren’t doing to well should go into trades. Used to typically be advise to students. This is quite wrong as careers in trades often requires a good base education. Some trades are very technical and if students struggle at school they may well struggle even more. There is less technical more hands on training but even then require some competency in reading , comprehension , logic and maths. Still hopefully many will be able to apply themselves and get through.


Posted on 15-03-2021 20:31 | By Kancho

I worked in trade training for many years and never saw any barriers to trade training for females nor Maori. However a typical problem for apprenticeship was a poor level of education stretching back years. Poor reading skills , mathematics, basics learning problems regardless of gender or race. Then a typical four years of training difficult for restless unfocused teenagers. The support of family and or mentors also very important to help with self belief. Holistically it starts with school and family encouragement that is not about funding. Having employers invest in training with a pathway to proper meaningful jobs may need funding but this is true for all trainees. Trying to do remedial education to bring trainees up to speed after many years of school lack of achieving is very difficult.

Whichever way you slice it

Posted on 15-03-2021 18:57 | By

We have far more resources being poured into one sector of our community. Reserved places on university courses, targeted resources and ongoing financial support for those who attend and untold support and financial services for those who don’t want to participate. Equality is another bastardised word aimed at the "rich pricks" that go to work and manage their money appropriately.