Opportunities open up
The benefits of a collaboration between Raukawa and Work and Income to help young people get into the workforce are being seen across the district.
A new 16-week work-based training programme has been set up called BMT for broadcasting, media and music technology.
Primarily targeting young people not working or studying and now in its second year, the programme is generating interest in creative youth who want to broaden their skills.
BMT student Hannah Tunupopo originally wanted to train in midwifery, but the course had introduced her to further opportunities.
‘‘ Since being on the BMT course and having time on the radio and in the media/youth culture area it has really opened up my options, this is exactly what youth need in our town – exposure to more opportunities.’’
The programme at the Tokoroa Youth Media and Music Hub, received 46 applications for the course but has funding for only 12 students at a time.
OPPORTUNITIES: Hannah Tunupopo, 17, gets work-based training at the Fresh FM 88.3 Radio Station and working alongside fellow BMT student Shayne James.