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Maori and Pasifika training gets a boost

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 19/05/2016

Help meet some of the emerging shortages in construction and infrastructure © Adeel Halim/Bloomberg Help meet some of the emerging shortages in construction and infrastructure The training programme for young Maori and Pasifika is being given an extra $9.6 million.

The money will be in next week's budget, spread over four years.

Skills and Employment Minister Steven Joyce says the target is 5000 trainees annually by 2019.

"We are encouraging young Maori and Pasifika to take up a trade and help meet some of the emerging shortages in construction and infrastructure particularly," he said.

The Maori and Pasifika Trades Training Programme brings together tertiary providers, employers and communities to recruit and support trainees.

It was launched with $43m in the 2013 budget.

In a separate announcement, Pacific Peoples Minister Sam Lotu-Iiga says the budget will provide an extra $4.6m over four years for the Pacific Employment Support Services.

The programme identifies young people who need help.

Staff place them in training programmes, then into work or further qualification-based training.

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