DWC launchs West Coast Employment Scheme, “Upskill”.
Upskill, a Provincial Growth Fund: Skills and Employment (Te Ara Mahi) funded programme, is a DWC-led initiative focused on supporting people to attain recognised qualifications and creating sustainable employment opportunities to keep both people and businesses on the West Coast.
The programme will implement an employment pathway scheme to match available people to employment opportunities. Supporting sustainable positions which are either new or vacant and are for at least 30 hours per week, it can assist people to gain a recognised qualification to gain employment, or support existing employees to undertake new training or education to move up or transition into a new role.
DWC’s Economic Development Manager, Jo Birnie, says “this is an exciting opportunity to support businesses and the people of the West Coast at such a critical time."
Delivering the project in partnership with the Ministry of Social Development (MSD) alongside their complementary Mana in Mahi initiative will enable the greatest benefits for both employees and employers.
Upskill Manager, Tania Washer, has been engaged to deliver the programme, and will be coordinating the needs of businesses and individuals with the necessary training providers, while also working closely with MSD and other agencies to ensure the greatest outcomes for all involved.