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


Wanted: work readiness certificates for school leavers

Media statement Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Wanted: meaningful work readiness certificates for school leavers – EMA Election Manifesto

Employers want every student leaving secondary school to be issued with a work readiness certificate detailing their abilities in reading, writing, mathematics, on-time attendance and attitude.

The proposal is part of the Employers and Manufacturers Association six-point Election Manifesto 2014 issued today.

“Businesses keep reporting young people are leaving school without adequate work readiness skills,” said Kim Campbell, EMA’s chief executive.

“The present NCEA report issued to school leavers is simply not up to the job for helping employers choose amongst young job seekers,” Mr Campbell said.

“We are proposing students be issued with a new document that employers can easily understand: an Employment Readiness Certificate containing a meaningful assessment of the student’s skills.

“Along with that, more needs to be done to encourage students to take up a career in the trades.

“The perception that going to university will earn the best jobs and the big bucks still persists, but it is not necessarily so.

“Employers in manufacturing and service organisations are crying out for people with an aptitude for trades and technical skills which are not taught at universities.

“Our policy prescription is to boost the numbers of students choosing a trades career with an ongoing national public relations campaign that highlights trades as valuable, and often demanding of considerable intelligence.

“We also want to urge those who influence students’ career decisions not to discourage high achieving students from choosing a trades career.

“To do this we propose all students have access to quality, independent, expert career advisors not biased towards academia or trades.

“On immigration EMA’s policy is to allow temporary work visas to be automatically extended when a migrant continues to work for, and with the support of, the original employer, unless Immigration NZ can show a suitable New Zealander is available to replace that migrant.

“EMA’s Election Manifesto presents policies across six areas to encourage business success.

“Brave business owners and operators should not be taken for granted. They fully deserve our communities respect through a supportive policy environment.

“The other five policy areas are:
1. Innovation, Research and Development
2. Local Government Consenting Process
3. Small Business Growth
4. Superannuation and Business Investment
5. Current Policies Retention

EMA’s Election Manifesto 2014 is here.

© Scoop Media

Business Headlines | Sci-Tech Headlines


Internet: NZ Govt Lifts Target Speeds For Rural Broadband

The government has lifted its expectations on faster broadband speeds for rural New Zealand as it targets increased spending on research and development in the country's information and communications technology sector, which it sees as a key driver for export growth. More>>


Banks: Westpac Keeps Core Government Transactions Contract

The local arm of Westpac Banking Corp has kept its contract with the New Zealand government to provide core transactions, but will have to share peripheral services with its rivals. More>>


Science Investment Plan: Universities Welcome Statement

Universities New Zealand has welcomed the National Statement of Science Investment released by the Government today... this is a critical document as it sets out the Government’s ten-year strategic direction that will guide future investment in New Zealand’s science system. More>>


Scouring: Cavalier Merger Would Extract 'Monopoly Rents' - Godfrey Hirst

A merger of Cavalier Wool Holdings and New Zealand Wool Services International's two wool scouring operations would create a monopoly, says carpet maker Godfrey Hirst. The Commerce Commission on Friday released its second draft determination on the merger, maintaining its view that the public benefits would outweigh the loss of competition. More>>


Scoop Review Of Books: She Means Business

As Foreman says in her conclusion, this is a business book. It opens with a brief biographical section followed by a collection of interesting tips for entrepreneurs... More>>


Hourly Wage Gap Grows: Gender Pay Gap Still Fixed At Fourteen Percent

“The totally unchanged pay gap is a slap in the face for women, families and the economy,” says Coalition spokesperson, Angela McLeod. Even worse, Māori and Pacific women face an outrageous pay gap of 28% and 33% when compared with the pay packets of Pākehā men. More>>


Get More From Scoop

Search Scoop  
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news