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Labour On Industry Training


A skilled workforce is one of the drivers of growth and innovation. We will enable people to enhance their skills throughout their lifetime so that our country can become more prosperous and confident.


We have:
 Set up the new Modern Apprenticeship Programme, creating work-based learning opportunities for nearly 3000 young people.
 Increased the funding available through the Industry Training Fund by over 50 per cent.
 Record numbers of New Zealanders participating in industry training.
 Introduced the Gateway programme, designed to build pathways for senior secondary school students into work-based learning.
 Entered into agreements with the social partners – through Business New Zealand and the NZ Council of Trade Unions – to work jointly and cooperatively to lift participation and performance in workplace and life-long learning.


To make sure young people reach their full potential we will:
 Ensure that by 2007 all 15 to 19 year olds are participating in education, training, or work.
 Double the number of Modern Apprenticeships to 6,000 by December 2003 and further increase the number of Modern Apprentices to 7,500 by June 2006.
 Expand the successful Gateway programme to all decile 1-5 state high schools by 2007.
 Purchase post training support services for all Youth Trainees by 2007.
 Encourage more Mäori to participate in trade training initiatives.

To foster industry training we will:
 Lift access to, and the quality and relevance of industry training, whether that training occurs in the workplace, or through off-job learning.
 Invest more in the Industry Training Fund.
 Aim to have 250,000 people participating in industry training by 2007.

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