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PGF allocates $449,300 for Waikato secondary school program

The program is aimed at students in Year 9 and 10 before they make their NCEA subject decisions to ensure they transition into further education and employment.

Devdiscourse News Desk | Waikato | Updated: 14-08-2019 05:58 IST | Created: 14-08-2019 05:58 IST
PGF allocates $449,300 for Waikato secondary school program
The SSEP program introduces students to key Waikato industries and aims to encourage students to stay in the area.  Image Credit: Twitter(@ADB_HQ)

Making sure school children have futures they can bank on is the motivation behind funding a local Waikato education program.

Te Ara Mahi, the Provincial Growth Fund's skills and employment initiative, has allocated $449,300 towards Smart Waikato's Secondary School Employer Partnership (SSEP) extension.

This program introduces children to possible future employers and gives the community confidence through knowing there will be a future for its young people, by making it more attractive for them to stay, take up employment and possibly plan their whole lives locally.

The program is aimed at students in Year 9 and 10 before they make their NCEA subject decisions to ensure they transition into further education and employment.

Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones is pleased with the difference this project will make.

"It really is about making sure everyone has a fair go and that means giving people options so they get off on the right foot."

The SSEP program introduces students to key Waikato industries and aims to encourage students to stay in the area.

"This should mean more entry-level work opportunities for students on the program," Shane Jones said.

"By 2021, thanks to the funding boost, the initiative will have students from 43 schools enrolled in the program.

"The program supports a number of worthy goals. The aim is to improve student retention and achievement, help these same students get a foot in the door of paid employment, and ensure a consistent supply of skilled labor for the regional economy."

"This is an exciting development for the people of the Waikato," Shane Jones said.

(With Inputs from New Zealand Government Press Release)


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