KELVIN DAVIS, LABOUR

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The call for jobs in

Te Tai Tok­erau is huge. Em­ploy­ment or lack of it is a big deal for ev­ery­one in my elec­torate and we have ex­cit­ing plans to get more young peo­ple into work. There’s huge de­mand for trades work­ers, par­tic­u­larly in the build­ing sec­tor. We’re look­ing at en­cour­ag­ing pupils who have shown tal­ent in vo­ca­tional ed­u­ca­tion to keep train­ing and pur­sue a ca­reer to lift the pro­file and im­por­tance of trades. We want more schools of­fer­ing vo­ca­tional cour­ses, and work­ing with stu­dents who show a pref­er­ence for th­ese top­ics over tra­di­tional core sub­jects. That’s why ev­ery high school stu­dent will de­velop a per­son­alised ca­reers plan while at school, and will be equipped with the right tools, such as driver’s li­censes, to suc­ceed when they leave. Labour’s also look­ing at in­vest­ing $200m through our Re­gional De­vel­op­ment Fund to un­lock eco­nomic po­ten­tial and in­tro­duce a Young En­trepreneurs Pol­icy, aimed at kids aged 18 - 23 of up to $20,000 to start a new busi­ness based on in­no­va­tive ideas. With the award and Labour’s Ki­wiBuild pro­gramme, our plan to sub­sidise em­ploy­ers who agree to take on young un­em­ployed peo­ple as ap­pren­tices, and fees free post-school ed­u­ca­tion and train­ing, we plan to get more young peo­ple into jobs.

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