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Programmes supporting regional communities and young people into work have received $14.79 million of government funding.

The funding package covers a range of programmes.

The funding package covers a diverse range of education, skills training, pre-employment and job pathway programmes in Canterbury, Manawatū-Whanganui, Hawke’s Bay, Bay of Plenty, Waikato and Te Tai Tokerau.

The funding package is made up of $11.62 million from the Provincial Growth Fund’s employment, skills and capability fund Te Ara Mahi and $3.17 million from He Poutama Rangatahi, the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment’s (MBIE) youth training and employment pathway fund.

The package will support people in the regions to develop work-ready skills and ensure employers have a skilled pool of people to rely on as they work to recover from the economic effects of COVID-19.

In Canterbury a total of $1.11 million has gone to two projects:

  • Bros For Change ($510,000)
  • and The South Canterbury Transport and Logistics Panel ($600,000).

Projects in the Manawatū-Whanganui have received just over $3.5 million. They are:

  • Pathways Horowhenua ($806,277)
  • the Rūapehu Whānau Transformation ($960,000)
  • and Talent Central ($1,778,000).

In Hawke’s Bay Te Ara Matihiko – Digital Pathway will receive $454,400 and Te Oranga Pūmanawa will receive $554,486.

Five Bay of Plenty projects have received over $6.5 million:

  • Rotorua Community Youth Trust ($947,330)
  • Māori-led organisation Rotomā No.1 ($396,000)
  • Kawerau Pathways to Work ($58,923)
  • Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Manawa Trust ($2,289,150)
  • and the Blue Light Youth Driver Navigator Programme ($3,002,968 million).

The Waikato Oho Mauri project will receive $250,000, and in Te Tai Tokerau the Developers Institute will receive $670,000.

The Whangarei A&P Society Farm Internship Programme will receive $1,433,535, and Auckland University of Technology will receive $83,300 for a project with Northland Inc.