Government invests a further $3m to tackle Eastern BoP youth unemployment

On: 6 August 2018

At Friday’s Bay of Connections annual forum, Minister for Employment Willie Jackson announced a further $3.08 million investment from He Poutama Rangatahi (HPR) to tackle youth unemployment in the Eastern Bay of Plenty.

Kawerau District Council and partners will receive $200,000 over two years to develop and trial a local workforce supply and demand information system. Co-funding of $367,402 will enable Tāne Mahuta New Zealand Ltd to target 24 of the hardest to reach youth for an 18 month Learn While You Earn Forestry Training programme leading to full time employment.

Te Puna Ora o Mataatua Charitable Trust will receive $1,760,886 to extend their Whāia te rangatiratanga programme which provides 26 weeks of individual support to address barriers to employment. Opōtiki College will use $754,000 over two years to provide intensive learning options, individualised pastoral support, whānau support and exposure to training or college students at high risk of becoming 'not in employment, education or training' (NEETs).

He Poutama Rangatahi is a community-led initiative which develops pathways into employment, education or training underpinned by intensive pastoral care for young people under 24 years old in four regions of high needs; Te Tairāwhiti, Eastern Bay of Plenty, Te Tai Tokerau, and Hawke's Bay. HPR aims to support these young people into sustained employment.

Read the full news release on the Beehive website

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