Budget Day plus four – and more millions flow from the Beehive for job training and early education

Budget 2020 is a package that just keeps on giving.

More millions emerged in the education domain yesterday, for early childhood and for job training.

The package of Budget press statements last week included an announcement in the names of the Ministers of Agriculture, Education, Employment and Social Development regarding funding for trades training to support New Zealanders into work.

“Our $1.6 billion Trades and Apprenticeships Training Package will provide opportunities for New Zealanders of all ages to receive trades training,” Education Minister Chris Hipkin said. “It will continue to be added to as part of our ongoing work to rebuild the economy.”

Continue to be added to?  Does that mean there’s more money to come for this programme?

It seems so – and we haven’t had to wait too long for it.  This time the announcement was that $14.79 million is being provided from the Provincial Growth Fund for more pathways to jobs through training and education programmes in regional New Zealand “to support the provinces’ recovery from the economic impacts of Covid-19”.

It was released in the names of Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones and Employment Minister Willie Jackson.

“New Zealand’s economic recovery will be largely driven by the regions and they need a well-trained workforce and sustainable employment opportunities to get their economies moving,” Shane Jones said. Continue reading “Budget Day plus four – and more millions flow from the Beehive for job training and early education”