Provincial Growth Fund provides nearly $7 million to help Northland youth into jobs

The Coalition Government is providing almost $7 million in funding to help young Northlanders into jobs by improving their digital, work and life skills training.

Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones announced the latest tranche of funding from the Provincial Growth Fund amounting to $3.88 million in Whangārei last week. That sum would fund a range of digital, work and life skills training for young unemployed people in Northland.

Specifically, the funding includes $2.5 million for He Poutama Taitamariki (HPT); $990,000 for the NGEN Room, run by the He Puna Marama Trust and $396,000 for the Life Talk (Kamo Driving School).

A further $3 million was announced in Kaikohe recently also, which will help the Accelerating our Capability programme, which supports Kaikohe locals who are not in education, employment or training (NEET).

Collectively the three programmes will support over 800 rangatahi and will be funded through the He Poutama Rangatahi (HPR) programme, which aims to support young people, aged 15 to 24, who are not currently in employment, education or training to overcome barriers to get them into work.

Minister Jones said the Coalition Government is committed to supporting projects like the Accelerating our Capability programme in Kaikohe to get even more people into training or work.

"The programme will consist of three initiatives in the areas of industry-based training, horticulture and viticulture. The industry-based training initiative will involve setting up a training centre to provide skills training to people based on the needs of industry and employers in the Kaikohe area,” he said.

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