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.
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."
"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)