2020 04 14 Regional Employment Scheme

PGF funding for employment scheme.

The West Coast will receive a $2.08 million Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) investment from the Te Ara Mahi allocation to get local people into local jobs.

The West Coast Regional Employment Scheme will be run by DWC with support from the Ministry of Social Development (MSD).

The employment and training programme will be targeted at skill shortage areas across the Coast. It will fit West Coast businesses seeking to create new positions with specific training tailored to jobs, as well as the upskilling of existing employees to new positions.

The employment scheme will work with at least 90 people to train, upskill and support them into sustainable local employment for at least 18 months.

According to Provincial Development Unit Head Robert Pigou, “employment schemes like this will ensure a robust and resilient economy that can respond to and recover from the economic impacts of COVID-19.”

DWC chief executive Heath Milne said the Government recognises the need for continued support for the region and the Provincial Development Unit has been instrumental in getting this project across the line.

The programme is based on a successful pilot project that was run in the Buller Region in 2016, which was jointly funded by DWC and MSD and delivered with the assistance of the Buller District Council.

More details about the West Coast Regional Employment Scheme will released at a later date.

2020 04 14 Coastwood