23 Feb 2012

NZ extends free tuition for Pacific seasonal workers

3:45 pm on 23 February 2012

Free tuition offered to Pacific Islanders coming to New Zealand under the Recognised Seasonal Employer programme is to be extended.

This follows a two-year pilot of the training programme, which is known as Vakameasina.

Through the scheme the New Zealand Aid Programme will now pay for tuition in English, maths, finance, computer literacy and health issues for up 500 of the workers each year.

During the two year pilot 580 workers got 20 hours of free tuition.

In a release, the New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs says the aim is to increase the confidence and skill levels of the RSE workers.

More than 5,000 Pacific Islands workers are coming to New Zealand each year under the RSE.