A total of $1.6 million will be invested in a programme aimed at getting young people into trades and tackling the Bay of Plenty's skills shortage.

Minister of Employment Willie Jackson yesterday announced Tauranga-based company TradeUp had secured the funding for its Pathways to Trades programme under He Poutama Rangatahi over the next two years.

He Poutama Rangatahi is a pilot initiative supporting 15-to-24-year-olds who are most at risk of long-term unemployment and are not in education, employment or training.

Last week the Bay of Plenty Times reported the trades sector was referred to as an ageing workforce, which combined

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