Parliament

Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search

 

$400,000 Invested Modern Biotechnology Training

Government invests $400,000 for modern biotechnology training programme

A $400,000 pilot programme to develop industry training within the biotechnology sector is announced today by Research, Science and Technology Minister, Pete Hodgson.

"This is an excellent example of government, the tertiary education sector and industry working together to foster innovation and enterprise in a very important part of our economy," says Pete Hodgson. "Massey University’s team will work directly with industry to identify and provide specialist training with the specific objective of strengthening the capabilities of our biotechnology sector."

Through the Pilot, Massey University will raise the in-house capability of biotechnology firms by providing high-level, enterprise-specific, modular workshops. Content will be developed in consultation with industry and will be focused in four areas: biotechnology science, processing, regulatory compliance and business.

“We have already proven that New Zealanders are world beaters in biotechnology. This initiative will help consolidate and grow that position. This pilot also underlines the quality and value of our tertiary education providers, not only in biotechnology, but to the wider community and our economy."

The pilot is part of the government's Growth and Innovation Framework and has been developed in partnership with Massey University, Palmerston North. It is funded through the Tertiary Education Commission's contestable funding initiative that was announced last year.

The initiative shows how the Tertiary Education Commission is promoting the development of closer collaborations between tertiary education organisations and industry so that knowledge and expertise are shared and training best meets the needs of industry.

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

PM's Press Conference: Pike Re-Entry Agency

At today's post-cabinet press conference Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern was joined by Minister Responsible for Pike River Re-entry Andrew Little to announce plans for the new agency for re-entry of the mine.

The Pike River Recovery Agency, Te Kahui Whakamana Rua Tekau ma Iwa, will be officially established on 31 January 2018 and will work with the Pike River families with the intention of manned entry of the drift before March 2019. More>>

 

Foreign Affairs: Patrick Gower Interviews Jacinda Ardern

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says discussions have already begun on how to bring climate change refugees into New Zealand under a Pacific seasonal employment plan... More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Centre Right’s Love Of ‘Nanny State’

You’d almost think it was 2005 again. That was a time when the rugged individualists of the centre-right were being beset by government regulations on the nature of light-bulbs, the size of shower heads, the junk food available at school tuck shops and other such essentials... More>>

Speaking Of Transport: Public Engagement On Wellington Scenarios

“Our work on possible solutions for Wellington’s transport future is ongoing, but has progressed to the stage where we’re ready to share our ideas with the public and seek their feedback to help guide our next steps...” More>>

ALSO:

Parental Leave: National's Time-Sharing Change Fails

National has proposed a change to the Parental Leave and Employment Protection Amendment Bill that would allow both parents to take paid parental leave at the same time, if that is what suits them best. More>>

ALSO:

Train Free Thursday: Workers Strike To Defend Terms Of Employment

"They signed up to these conditions a year ago when they got the contract for Wellington's rail services. Now they're trying to increase profits by squeezing frontline workers." More>>

ALSO:

Seclusion: Ombudsman Emphasises Importance Of Monitoring

Disability Rights Commissioner Paula Tesoriero says that while there have been changes to the Education (Update) Amendment Act 2017 to prohibit the use of seclusion, the report is an important reminder of the importance of regular monitoring of schools. More>>

ALSO:

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election