He Poutama Rangatahi - Youth Employment Pathways

He Poutama Rangatahi is a cross-agency initiative aimed at rangatahi (the younger generation) who are most at risk of long-term unemployment and who may need extra individualised and ongoing support to connect to training and employment. He Poutama Rangatahi also supports employers to help meet the needs of rangatahi.

  • How it works

    Projects have been funded by both the Ministry of Social Development and the Provincial Growth Fund. The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment has provided funding in the past.

    Through supporting local organisations, He Poutama Rangatahi helps to deliver sustained employment outcomes for rangatahi. As part of this, He Poutama Rangatahi also supports employers who need access to specialised employment support for the needs of rangatahi.

  • Who can take part

    Under Budget 2020, He Poutama Rangatahi received further funding to extend the programme beyond the regions to urban areas like West and South Auckland, Hamilton, Porirua and East Christchurch.

    A successful He Poutama Rangatahi project provides young people and employers with the tools and intensive support needed to help rangatahi into work.

    He Poutama Rangatahi supports projects which:

    • highlight current interventions which could be scaled up or redirected
    • identify gaps in support and pastoral care for both young people and for employers
    • develop ways to fill those gaps.
  • How to register your interest

    If you are a local organisation with a programme to support rangatahi with support and training opportunities and would like to learn more about He Poutama Rangatahi, you can register your interest here:

    Applicants should email their completed expression of interest form to HPR@MSD.govt.nz.