Continuing to improve Māori employment results through Cadetships

The continued Budget 22 investment in the Cadetship programs will ensure Māori thrive in the labor market, Minister for Māori Development Willie Jackson announced today.

The government will invest $ 25 million in the Cadetships program, delivered by Te Puni Kōkiri.

As the world struggles with rising inflation, the government’s strong economic management through Covid means investments can continue to be made secure in our future without sustaining debt.

Providing New Zealand businesses with skilled workers they are an essential component to a secure economy and cadetships give people the skills they need to enter the workforce.

This continued investment will also support Māori’s growing intergenerational wealth and wellbeing through building workforce skills and Māori’s participation in the labor market.

The program supports employers to develop skills of the Māori staff, with over 1,000 cadetships funded each year. Employers have the flexibility to arrange programs and support cadets in ways that work for their business and for the individuals.

“The Cadetships program has proven to be successful in helping train, develop and mentor Māori employees, helping them in higher-skilled and better paid roles and leadership positions,” says Willie Jackson.

The ongoing funding supports Māori to have greater access to economic opportunities. Participants in the program contribute to the development of a highly skilled, resilient, and productive Māori workforce with improved economic prosperity, able to withstand economic challenges, such as the COVID-19 pandemic.

“This investment in Māori delivers better support to a Labor commitment, and is part of a wider Budget strategy focusing on economic security in good times and bad.

“Extending this well-established and successful program will help grow the Māori economy, with over 80 percent of participating employers identifying as Māori-owned.

“Reporting shows that almost all cadets are retained in employment after their program concludes, with many moving into leadership roles and better paid positions. This results in whānau who are better able to support themselves and their tamariki and contributors to improved broader health and wellbeing results.

“This investment means more Māori will gain new qualifications and skills, enhance their workforce in the man and provide them with pathways for future work progression,” said Willie Jackson.

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