• Patrick McBride

Tai Poutini Polytechnic ready to support the West Coast

Government announces $1.6 billion Trades and Apprenticeships Training Package.

TPP staff welcoming students to campus.

PHOTO: McBride Vision files.

The package will provide opportunities for New Zealanders of all ages to receive trades training. It will continue to be added to as part of the ongoing work to rebuild the economy.

Education Minister Chris Hipkins said making targeted training courses free – for all ages, not just school leavers – over the next two years will help people who have lost their jobs retrain and also allow new employees in some essential services to train on the job.

TPP Leader Engagement Mequa Hourston told McBride Vision the free trades training to support New Zealanders into work presents an excellent opportunity.

“There’s no doubt the lockdown will significantly impact local businesses and our community. Tai Poutini Polytechnic is here to support the West Coast by providing training options that meet local employment needs.”

With the establishment of the NZ Institute of Skills and Education, TPP is better placed than ever to deliver training and skills that support the West Coast.