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Earthworks Begin For $14m South Waikato Trades Training Centre
We have reached an important milestone for the South Waikato Trades Training Centre, with the start of earthworks this month. Our team is proud to be working with SWIFT and Toi Ohomai, on a project that will support the local economy, providing jobs and learning opportunities for many, with a positive impact on the future of the community. Read the full story below.
Earthworks by local company Tirau Earthmovers have begun for the new $14 million South Waikato Trades Training Centre being built on corner of State Highway 1 and Chambers St at the northern entrance to Tokoroa.
The site was blessed by Raukawa kaumātua Te Hapuku Rikiriki and Poihaere Barrett at a ceremony in July attended by representatives from the South Waikato district’s diverse cultures.
Raukawa Charitable Trust Tumu Whakarae (General Manager) Maria Te Kanawa said the Trades Training Centre will enable many South Waikato rangatahi to train in Tokoroa rather than travelling out of the district away from the support of their whānau.
The South Waikato Trades Training Centre is being funded through the South Waikato Investment Fund Trust (SWIFT), a community-owned economic development fund dedicated to South Waikato’s prosperity, with grants from the Provincial Growth Fund, Trust Waikato and SWIFT.
The Centre will be a combined 3,500m2 of learning space, four workshops and staff space with a commercial kitchen, café and barber shop. It will also have a space allocated for a digital and entrepreneurial hub to help address the digital divide and assist young people into their own businesses. South Waikato District Council Mayor Jenny Shattock said the new Trades Training Centre was an excellent example of the South Waikato education, business and local government sectors working together to help the district thrive and grow economically and socially.