Education Policy | Post Primary | Preschool | Primary | Tertiary | Search


Skills Package Welcomed

28 September, 2004

Skills Package Welcomed

The Education Forum welcomes today's announcement of a package of changes aimed at addressing skill shortages, policy advisor Norman LaRocque said today.

The package, announced today, includes additional funding to increase the rate of expansion of Modern Apprenticeships and to increase participation in industry training.

"A variety of surveys have shown that a lack of skilled employees is one of the biggest problems facing small and medium enterprises in New Zealand , so the initiative is welcome" Mr LaRocque said.

"The Government is to be applauded for the emphasis it has placed on industry training in recent years. This package continues that. But it should not be the end of the story. A key issue to be addressed is the relative treatment of on-job and off-job training. In particular, it is not clear why industry training funding remains capped, while tertiary institution funding is largely demand driven.

Government policy should ensure that New Zealanders can make skill acquisition decisions are based on factors such as quality and relevance, not simply because there is more money in one pot than another, said Mr LaRocque.

The government should also ensure that its labour market and skills development policies are coordinated, said Mr LaRocque.

"The current, relatively deregulated employment relations environment provides considerable scope for trainees and firms to develop mutually advantageous training arrangements. Ideological re-regulation of the labour market would be counter productive.

"We applaud this step, and hope the government will continue to focus on pro-growth, pro-business policies that will harness the full potential of New Zealanders," concluded Mr LaRocque.


© Scoop Media

Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines

Gordon Campbell: Best New Music Of 2017

Any ‘best of list’ has to be an exercise in wishful thinking, given the splintering of everyone’s listening habits... But maybe… it could be time for the re-discovery of the lost art of listening to an entire album, all the way through. Just putting that idea out there. More>>

Scoop Review of Books: Ten x Ten - One Hundred of Te Papa's Best-Loved Art Works

An idiosyncratic selection by ten art curators, each of whom have chosen ten of their favourite works. Handsomely illustrated, their choices are accompanied by full-page colour prints and brief descriptions of the work, explaining in straightforward and approachable language why it is of historical, cultural, or personal significance. More>>

Scoop Review of Books: Portacom City - Reporting On Canterbury Earthquakes

In Portacom City Paul Gorman describes his own deeply personal story of working as a journalist during the quakes, while also speaking more broadly about the challenges that confront reporters at times of crisis. More>>

Scoop Review of Books: Christopher Pugsley’s The Camera in the Crowd - Filming in New Zealand Peace and War 1895-1920

Pugsley brings to life 25 exhilarating years of film making and picture screening in a sumptuously illustrated hardback published by Oratia that tells the story through surviving footage unearthed from the national film archives. More>>



  • Wellington
  • Christchurch
  • Auckland