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Funding Cuts Proposed For Employment Training Programmes

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Wellington, Oct 15 NZPA - The Salvation Army says a proposal to cut funding for employment training programmes will disadvantage many unemployed people who are trying to enter the workforce.

The organisation's employment plus national manager George Borthwick said they were advised by the Tertiary Education Commission (TEC) last week of a 15 percent funding cut to its employment plus training programmes for 2009.

The programmes provided training for people under 18 years-old and people with low qualifications, assisting them into employment. Mr Borthwick said the proposal would mean closing courses in Kaitaia, Tauranga, Te Aroha, Hastings, Whakatane, Feilding, Blenheim, Christchurch, Oamaru, Dunedin and Balclutha.

The cuts would hit the most economically vulnerable regions, he said. The Salvation Army was talking to the TEC about the proposed cuts.

TEC chief executive Roy Sharp said it was proposing to reduce funding to some tertiary education providers for some programmes.

More than 200 organisations would be affected by the proposal, he said.

Every year, the TEC evaluated the performance of the programmes and made a decision on what programmes it would purchase from providers, said Dr Sharp.

Providers were given the opportunity to provide feedback to the TEC if they felt the proposed reductions had been made with incomplete information.

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