Apply now for Māori Trades and Training Funding

Published: 10 July 2020

Applications are now open for the $50 million Māori Trades and Training Fund, a contestable grant-based initiative that was allocated funding as part of the COVID-19 Response and Recovery package in Budget 2020.

The initiative aims to fund projects that upskill Māori, support communities and provide meaningful opportunities into employment. The Fund will take a partnership approach, as proposals must be designed and delivered by Māori for Māori and address labour market barriers in Māori communities, to promote the development of in-need skills and create pathways for Māori to move into more formal training or employment.

Funding is intended to support trainee wages and allowances, and also support services such as pastoral care to overcome barriers to participating in training or apprenticeships.

Applications will initially be assessed as they are received, to ensure initiatives are up-and-running quickly to contribute to the COVID-19 recovery. Applications will be assessed by the Provincial Development Unit, in the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment, and Te Arawhiti, and jointly approved by the Minister of Employment and Minister for Māori Crown Relations. The first initiatives are expected to be funded and operating from early August.

The Māori Trades and Training Fund works alongside other programmes that support Māori communities. This includes He Poutama Rangatahi, which targets hard-to-reach young people not in employment, education or training, Te Ara Mahi which supports local people into local employment and also the Apprentice Support Programme which includes Mana in Mahi, the Apprentice Boost and Regional Apprenticeships initiatives.

For more information and to apply, visit the Grow Regions website(external link)

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