Boosting Skills In Canterbury through Government lead investment.
In an effort to promote a constructive transition towards furthering secondary students’ education, training and employment, the Government is investing $170,000 in an initiative based in Canterbury that connects them with the right businesses, as revealed by Ministers Simon Bridges and Anne Tolley last month. They also announced that the funding would also go towards Timaru’s Christchurch Educated Job Ready Programme.
Minister Bridges says, “Canterbury needs to keep its young people and ensure they have the knowledge and skills to get productive work in their region, both now and in the future. The region also needs to retain and retrain older workers and attract more people into the workforce.”
“While Canterbury has New Zealand’s lowest regional unemployment rate, skills shortages pose a significant risk to high-value production across all districts in the region,” he continues.
Mrs Tolley states, “By helping secondary schools and training institutions partner up with businesses we can support more young people into training and employment. This benefits them as well as the wider Canterbury community.”
Currently, a large proportion of Canterbury’s workforce is involved in construction, as a result of the rebuild, and these economic developments will aid in the growth of the regional economy, particularly in light of the earthquake and its effects in reducing the employment rates and lesser economic activity.