Workforce development and training funding is now available

Funding now available for workforce development and training initiatives through the Infrastructure Education and Training Charitable Trust

Waihanga Ara Rau’s CE, Philip Aldridge:

"This is great news for our infrastructure industry as funding for workforce development initiatives will help up-skill the workforce and help the infrastructure sector now and in the future."

Applications for the first funding round will be open from 4-25 July 2022, via the Public Trust website at www.publictrust.co.nz/grants/infrastructure-education-and-training-charitable-trust/. Grants will be announced in September.

The scheme is funded by The Infrastructure Education and Training Charitable Trust and will be administered by the Public Trust. It is the legacy left to the infrastructure industry from Connexis - the Infrastructure Industry Training Organisation.

A trust advisory panel, made up of representatives from the infrastructure and education sector, will meet twice a year to assess applications for funding and distribute grants of up to $1 million annually.

The trusts’ purpose is to distribute the funds in projects that will develop, promote and facilitate education and training within the infrastructure industry, with the overall goal of increasing the skills, competency and effectiveness of the sector’s workforce.

We will have representatives on the Infrastructure Education and Training Charitable Trust advisory panel, as will other infrastructure organisations Civil Contractors NZ, Water NZ and the Electricity Engineers Association. Te Taumata Aronui and the learner voice will also be represented.

More information will be available shortly.