Two Tongan churches in Auckland will host a careers expo this weekend, hoping to change attitudes towards a career choice in trades.
The Vahe Fonua Methodist Mission has been running the Vahe Fonua Tonga Education and Training expo for the past 10 years and has invited the United Church of Tonga to jump on board.
Executive director of the Vahe Fonua Methodist Mission Kathleen Tuai-Taufo'ou says most Tongans look down on the trades industry and they're hoping to change that perception.
"Sometimes we look down on trades and apprenticeships. What we're trying to get out there is that people who join trades and apprenticeships can make quite a bit of money and they can do things that a lot of our young people will be passionate about but were probably not supported by their parents in the past."
"With our Tongan community, we really support our kids to get through to university or to tertiary education. We're trying to spread the word to our community that trades and apprenticeships are another career pathway where people can be successful and their families can thrive on."
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