The Wellbeing Budget

Building a productive nation

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Skills for the future

Globalisation and changes in technology will make some traditional forms of work obsolete. At the same time, the forces of change are creating new opportunities.

The Government wants to make sure New Zealanders are equipped with the skills they need to adapt and thrive as their workplaces change, and to ensure young people entering the workforce are well prepared.

The School Leavers' Toolkit

The Wellbeing Budget provides $3.5 million of operating funding to better equip young people for life after leaving school.

All secondary school students will have access to programmes that will provide civics knowledge and skills, financial literacy and key workplace competencies. These include key skills like how to enrol to vote, save for a home deposit, and write a CV.

Each school will have access to resources so they're able to design their own School Leavers' Toolkit that meets the context, culture and needs of its students and community.

Resources will be available in both English and te reo Māori.

Mana in Mahi – Strength in Work

Mana in Mahi is a work programme designed to provide employment and an industry training qualification pathway to young people on a benefit.

The Wellbeing Budget provides a $49.9 million boost for Mana in Mahi, extending the places available for participants from 150 to almost 2,000.

Employers receive a wage subsidy equivalent to the annual Jobseeker Support rate and support for work-readiness or pre-employment costs, if needed.

Participants receive in-work support and incentives to encourage them to stay in work and enter industry training.

Employment Minister Willie Jackson says partnering with employers in key growth industries is part of building an economy that everyone can participate in.

Social Development Minister Carmel Sepuloni says Mana in Mahi is an example of this Government's commitment to creating employment opportunities for young people, as recommended by the Welfare Expert Advisory Group (WEAG).

"It provides work, training, mentoring and pastoral care in one package and provides them with great opportunities to get into meaningful and sustainable work," Carmel Sepuloni says.

He Poutama Rangatahi

He Poutama Rangatahi works with young Māori and Pacific people who are not in employment, education or training and are at risk of long-term unemployment.

The programme has been successfully piloted in Te Taitokerau, Eastern Bay of Plenty, Gisborne/Tairāwhiti and Hawke's Bay.

Some schemes are already placing about 70 per cent of their participants in employment.

An additional $26.6 million is allocated through the Provincial Growth Fund to extend He Poutama Rangatahi and ensure young Māori and Pacific people are supported, with possible expansion into the Waikato and other places in the regions.

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