He Poutama Rangatahi funding to create vital pathways
Funding of over $1.2 million towards helping Northland’s youth into sustainable employment has been welcomed by the regional economic development agency, Northland Inc.
Under He Poutama Rangatahi, a pilot youth
initiative of the Provincial Growth Fund, the Whangarei
Youth Space’s START initiative was allocated $880,000 over
The programme supports young people through a 24-month intensive programme to transition them into work.
The programme is underpinned by one-on-one mentoring and pastoral care by kaimahi/mentors who will equip them with the skills needed to be work-ready.
A further $400,000
will be invested in the South Hokianga-based Eco Toa
programme. Eco Toa is a five-month intensive programme for
South Hokianga and Kaikohe youth who are not in employment,
education or training (NEET).
The programme will train them in pest control, weed eradication, riparian planting and forestry silviculture.
“Supporting the development
and roll-out of He Poutama Rangatahi is a key programme
within the Tai Tokerau Northland Economic Action Plan, which
brings into focus a group of projects and programmes that
together are contributing to the transformation of
Northland’s economy,” said Jude Thompson, Portfolio
Manager, Tai Tokerau Northland Economic Action
“This funding will help achieve some great outcomes for our rangatahi.
“A range of diverse
projects such as these are vital for our diverse community
as one size will not fit all. Programmes like the Whangarei
Youth Space START are important as they provide that
tailored support to prepare our rangatahi for a better
future,” she said.
“Both projects are examples of place-based initiatives where communities have identified their needs but required a helping hand to achieve their goals - Tai Tokerau solutions for Tai Tokerau challenges.”