Apprenticeships Scheme Good For Regional & National Economy
New Zealand Apprenticeships Scheme Good For Regional
And National Economies
Employers’ Chamber of Commerce has endorsed changes to the
apprenticeship system announced today.
Executive Raewyn Bleakley says more funding support for
apprenticeships will increase the supply of tradespeople and
help achieve the skills needed in the New Zealand economy.
“This will be especially important for the
Christchurch rebuild as incentive payments for priority
areas such as construction will help get more skilled
tradespeople into Canterbury.
region will gain from this as much as other areas, given our
involvement in the Christchurch reconstruction -
Wellington’s strengths in design, engineering,
professional services and other skill areas will be of use
in assisting with the rebuild.
functioning apprenticeship system will bring a lot of value
for the economies of Christchurch, Wellington and New
Zealand overall.” Ms Bleakley said.
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On First Time Voting (Centre Right)
For the next two days, I’m turning my column over to two guest columnists who are first time voters. I’ve asked them to explain why they were voting, for whom and what role they thought their parental upbringing had played in shaping their political beliefs ; and at the end, to choose a piece of music.
One guest columnist will be from the centre right, one from the centre left. Today’s column is from the centre right – by James Penn:
As someone who likes to consider himself, in admittedly vainglorious fashion, a considered and rational actor, the act of voting for the first time is a somewhat confusing one. I know that my vote has a close to zero chance of actually influencing the outcome of Parliament. The chance I will cast the marginal vote that adds to National or Act’s number of seats in Parliament is miniscule. The chance, even if I did, that doing so would affect the government makes voting on a strictly practical level even more spurious as a worthwhile exercise.
But somehow I have spent a large amount of time (perhaps detrimentally so, depending on the outcome of my upcoming exams) agonising over how to cast my first vote in a national election. More>>