23 Jul 2009

More than 1800 Maori to get training under new scheme

9:10 pm on 23 July 2009

More than 1800 Maori will gain training in a wide range of industries under a Government initiative announced on Thursday.

Maori Affairs Minister Pita Sharples says the signing of an agreement with InfraTrain, the industry training organisation for the civil infrastructure industry, is a step towards Maori receiving training in industries with strong employment prospects.

Dr Sharples says InfraTrain guarantees at least 20% of its intake will be new employees and that it will support them into higher level training.

The Maori in Industry and Trades Training initiative will provide 250 North Island training places at entry level through to diploma level, eventually giving training to a total of 1820 people.

Dr Sharples says Maori make up more than one third of the current civil infrastructure workforce in the North Island.