Video | Agriculture | Confidence | Economy | Energy | Employment | Finance | Media | Property | RBNZ | Science | SOEs | Tax | Technology | Telecoms | Tourism | Transport | Search

 


Untrained apprentices could face dismissal


Chronic skills shortage will worsen

Electricians say untrained apprentices could face dismissal

New Zealand’s critical shortage of electricians is now expected to last up to three years, and could have a major impact on the economy.

The Electrical Contractors Association of New Zealand (ECANZ) today warned that homeowners should expect months of delays for major work like rewiring a typical house.

ECANZ says its members are turning down work. The shortage of electricians has prompted major construction companies to be far more cautious about the projects they take on.

But while electricians have more work than they can cope with, they’re also turning away young people seeking or completing apprenticeships.

ECANZ General Manager Ray Barbara says a lack of government funding is to blame. Mr Barbara says New Zealand needs apprentices now more than ever.

“Electrical apprenticeships are now in crisis because the industry lacks adequate government funding for apprentices attending off-job training courses,” he says.

Since 1991, electrical apprentices ‘off-job’ training has been funded by an industry body – the Electrotechnology Industry Training Organisation (ETITO) - which obtains its funds from Government via the ITF (Industry Training Fund).

Mr Barbara says ETITO funding started drying up in August last year, because government allocations for the past two years have failed to keep pace with increasing demand.

“We warned the government of a funding shortfall six months ago. Now, two months into the 2005 year, no further placements can be made.”

Mr Barbara says employers now have few options, and some may eventually be forced to dismiss their apprentices.

“We know training places exist. But the government continues to ignore requests for more subsidies. We find this totally unacceptable - especially when New Zealand is reeling from a skills shortage which can only get worse.”


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Business Headlines | Sci-Tech Headlines

 

Half A Billion Accounts: Yahoo Confirms Huge Data Breach

The account information may have included names, email addresses, telephone numbers, dates of birth, hashed passwords (the vast majority with bcrypt) and, in some cases, encrypted or unencrypted security questions and answers. More>>

Rural Branches: Westpac To Close 19 Branches, ANZ Looks At 7

Westpac confirms it will close nineteen branches across the country; ANZ closes its Ngaruawahia branch and is consulting on plans to close six more branches; The bank workers union says many of its members are nervous about their futures and asking ... More>>

Interest Rates: RBNZ's Wheeler Keeps OCR At 2%

Reserve Bank governor Graeme Wheeler kept the official cash rate at 2 percent and said more easing will be needed to get inflation back within the target band. More>>

ALSO:

Half Full: Fonterra Raises Forecast Payout As Global Supply Shrinks

Fonterra Cooperative Group, the dairy processor which will announce annual earnings tomorrow, hiked its forecast payout to farmers by 50 cents per kilogram of milk solids as global supply continues to decline, helping prop up dairy prices. More>>

ALSO:

Results:

Meat Trade: Silver Fern Farms Gets Green Light For Shanghai Maling Deal

The government has given the green light for China's Shanghai Maling Aquarius to acquire half of Silver Fern Farms, New Zealand's biggest meat company, with ministers satisfied it will deliver "substantial and identifiable benefit". More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Business
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news