If you are a student with Māori and Pasifika heritage, your pathway into secure and well-paid jobs in a growing range of trades has never been easier to find and start than right now.
Wanting to get more young Māori and Pasifika people to gain trade qualifications, the government last year put almost $10 million available to fund scholarships to grow the Māori and Pasifika Trades Training (MPTT) initiative. The initiative has one simple goal, helping Māori and Pasifika students to gain trade qualifications, New Zealand apprenticeships and employment.
Just about every polytechnic offers training as part of the MPTT programme, working with local and national employers to fill gaps in the future trade workforce. And it’s booming out there in trade land, with estimates of well over 30,000 new employees being needed in construction and infrastructure jobs alone in the next three years.
This training is not just for boys. While only around a quarter of current MPTT trainees are women at present, plans are to lift this to over 30% of the hoped for 5000 trainees in the programme over the next couple of years.
What you need and what you get
Māori and Pasifika Trades Training scholarships are available if you are:
- over 16 (and under 40)
- of NZ Māori or Pasifika descent
- a New Zealand Permanent Resident or New Zealand Citizen, and
- enrolled into an approved MPTT programme at a training provider.
These scholarships provide free tuition fees, the support of a ‘navigator' who will help you into as job in the trade you want, plus a work readiness programme to get you ready to start on the job.
Trainees also get help in practical things like how to write a CV, getting your drivers licence, basic safety training and even tool grants worth up to $1,000 to make sure you start your apprenticeship on the right note.
Two paths you can go down
Trades training is flexible. You can go at it two ways:
- Study a pre-trades programme at a polytech, and then get a job and apprenticeship; this gives you hands-on experience combined with theory, or
- Get a job and apprenticeship straight away, and study while you work. This option means you must find a job and apprenticeship yourself, but MPTT providers may be able to help.
Keen? Learn more below, speak to your careers adviser, put your name down to go to the Got A Trade- Got It Made expo, try to work out what you like and don’t like doing, speak to your family, speak to your parents’ friends, remember………a trade is not coming to find you, so you go find it.
We’re not alone – Australia trying to encourage girls to look at trades too (note: Aus year 12 = NZ year 13)