KELVIN DAVIS, LABOUR
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.