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2013 results encouraging for Industry Training Organisations

2013 results encouraging for Industry Training Organisations

12 August 2014

More trainees are successfully completing qualifications, and Industry Training Organisations can be proud, says Industry Training Federation Chief Executive Mark Oldershaw.

The 2013 figures, released today by the Tertiary Education Commission (TEC), show a 6% increase in programme completions, from 68% in 2012 to 74% in 2013.
“This is a big leap in completions. It shows great dedication and commitment from individual trainees, their employers, and Industry Training Organisations (ITOs).

The 2013 results cover 129,000 trainees who completed work-based qualifications across a range of industries including building, engineering, retail, hairdressing, forestry and community support work.

The results highlight another remarkable 20% leap in completion rates for higher qualifications (level 5 and above) and foundation qualifications (levels 1 and 2). In both areas the completions increased to 74%.

“More people are starting training, sticking at it and making great progress along the qualifications pathway,” says Mark. “Foundation qualifications are in many ways the most significant. Taking that first step is often the hardest, and workers must be given all the support possible to successfully take that step. Completing entry level qualifications increases competence, confidence and pride. Many will go on to train at higher levels.”

The improved resultsoccurred during a period of rapid change and consolidation in the Industry Training Sector. “ITOs have demonstrated flexibility and efficiency during this time. Many have merged over the past two years, taking the number of ITOs from 32 at the beginning of 2012 to 13. There are now a smaller number of better-resourced entities, much more responsive to employer needs.

“The results speak for themselves,” says Mark. “As well as developing qualifications, ITOs provide leadership and collaboration within their industries. As the interface between employers, trainers, and the Government, ITOs ensure more workers are gaining the skills and qualifications they need to make a difference to industry, community, and economic growth.”

The ITF is a voluntary membership organisation representing all of NZ’s ITOs.


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