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Maharey Supports Job Promotion For Southland

Social Services and Employment Minister Steve Maharey has weighed in behind a Venture Southland initiative taken to promoting employment in Southland.

The initiative involves a newspaper supplement that will be inserted into North Island daily newspapers on the 31st of October.

“All New Zealanders have cause to celebrate the fact that we have the lowest unemployment rate since 1988. In some regions this is presenting new challenges as employers face difficulties in recruiting skilled staff.

“The Government is committed to playing a role in partnership with local government, business and all members of the Southland community. That commitment is demonstrated in the $10,000 financial contribution that the Department of Work and Income, now part of the Ministry of Social Development, has made to the Venture Southland initiative.

“There are a number of other concrete measures that the Labour Alliance Government has taken, including:

- introducing the Modern Apprenticeship Programme and significantly lifting funding of industry training

- funding Regional Commissioners to ensure that the particular challenges of regional and local labour markets are addressed

- working with Southland mayors on a number of joint initiatives through the Mayors Taskforce for Jobs

“My commitment as the Minister of Social Services and Employment is to work with all Southlanders to ensure that we realise the economic and social potential of the region. I know that my Labour and Alliance colleagues share that commitment, and I will work with any Member of Parliament who has the best interests of the region at heart,” Steve Maharey said.

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