Minister Joyce attends Pasifika scholarship celebration
Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment Steven Joyce attended a ceremony in the Wharenui this morning to congratulate the latest Pasifika trades training scholarship recipients.
The minister also praised CPIT Chief Executive Kay Giles for being at the heart of trades training in Christchurch and having “taken CPIT to the next level”.
Places for Pasifika trades training had increased from 500 to 3000 nationally with an investment of $43million.
Other dignitaries included Associate Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment Tariana Turia, Christchurch Central MP Nicky Wagner, Kurt Reed, Manager of Allied Workforce (AWF), who are the Pasifika Trades programme industry partner and the Pasifika Trades Training Governance Board.
Minister Turia acknowledged that skills training was important now, as it had been in the past. Her husband had taken up trades training at 16 years of age and was self-employed by the time he was 21. “You can do that too,” she told the new Pasifika Trades Training students.
The Pasifika Trades Training model involves community, church ministers and industry employers to gain maximum support and opportunities for students. Kurt Reed said AWF already employed two graduates and was keen to employ more. “We genuinely value and would like to expand our relationship with CPIT. Skilled workers are needed not just now but in five, 10 and 20 years. We see this programme is very clearly a pathway for students.”
Pasifika Trades Training was launched at CPIT in 2012 in response to the need for more skilled workers to help with the rebuild of Christchurch and following the success of He Toki ki te Rika, Māori Trades Training, which was also a partnership model with iwi and industry. Both He Toki and Pasifika Trades Training have provided models and set benchmarks for subsequent programmes across New Zealand.
Kay Giles commented that the pass rate of 77% in 2012 was the highest of any Pasifika training group in the country. Since then the programme has gone from strength to strength she said.
“There remains a strong link between He Toki kit e Rika and Pasifika Trades Training and this link strengthens both programmes. Both programmes aim to prepare participants for trade careers but also aim to grow them as people strong in their cultural identity and with the ambition to become industry and community leaders.”
CPIT offers 100 fee-free places per year to anyone of Pasifika descent for training in carpentry, painting and decorating, civil skills, plaster board, welding, furniture and joinery and plumbing.See Pasifika Trades Training for more information.