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Māori and Pasifika Trades Training Auckland is looking for more than 650 rangatahi who want to join the region's booming trades industry.

The 650 scholarships include not only get free fees but one-on-one support from mentors to help them find the right job.

Project manager Samuelu Sefuiva says New Zealand is short of 30,000 skilled employees in the building and construction industry.

He says while fees are one obstacle to many young Māori and Pasifika learning a trade, there are other barriers including confusion over which training options to choose, the misconception trades are a less lucrative career option, and not knowing how to find an apprenticeship.

As well as helping candidates choose the right career, the mentors or navigators can advise on earn-while-you-learn options and how to choose between apprenticeship providers.

Candidates also get practical help to ensure they’re ready for work, from getting their driver licence to ensuring they have necessary safety training.

Mr Sefuiva says MPTT Auckland’s focus is on laying the foundation for a trainee’s growing career, as it's important they don’t just do a pre-trades course and become labourers.

Applicants need to be aged 16 to 40 and of Māori or Pasifika heritage.

Potential scholars can register their interest by emailing Shelley Riley, MPTT Project Coordinator, at shelley.riley@maoripasifikatrades.co.nz

Find out more at www.maoripasifikatrades.co.nz

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