Te Puni Kōkiri has been delivering the Cadetships programme since 2010. It is a programme that supports employers to develop, mentor, train and grow permanent Māori staff in order for them to take on more senior roles within an organisation.
The Cadetships programme supports employers developing cadets for at least six months, in permanent jobs. Employers can receive up to $10,000 for each cadet, but they must commit to their structured and tailored mentoring, training and development.
Wellbeing Budget 2020
Supporting employment opportunities and development through Cadetships
The Cadetships programme has received $22.7 million over three years to enable employers and Māori employees to maximise new opportunities from the economic stimulus package. It will also help to address increases in unemployment that result from the economic impact of COVID-19.
The successful programme supports employer-driven upskilling and re-skilling activities for Māori employees, supporting Māori workers to move towards higher-skilled positions and/or re-skilling them for new opportunities. Cadetships have demonstrated a positive impact on Māori earnings, skills and employability, and improve business productivity.
Cadetships case studies
Read more about how the Cadetships programme is improving employment outcomes for Māori across a range of industries. For the most recent stories please go to Events and Updates.
Employers can find the Funding Guidelines and Application Form here.
For more information contact your nearest Te Puni Kōkiri Regional Office.
Frequently asked questions
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