21 May 2002
The Council of Trade Unions is joining Business New Zealand and Government under the Skill NZ banner to work together to promote workplace learning.
“The goal of unions is lifelong learning for all,’ CTU secretary Paul Goulter told the ‘Work in Progress’ conference this morning.
Paul Goulter said the CTU welcomed involvement in the conference and also the opportunity to work with Business NZ on issues such as access to training, building on foundation skills, including literacy and relevant qualifications.
“The CTU presence is a statement that unions are a part of our economic agenda which is built on growing a more highly skilled workforce,’ he said.
Paul Goulter said workers increasingly understood that their employability and wage level will be determined by a combination of economic growth and their relevant skills.
“We believe that a much more cooperative environment is emerging around the issues of economic and social development and investing in education. “
Paul Goulter said unions represented at the conference were vitally interested in vocational education.