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More students involved in Youth Apprenticeships

Hon Chris Carter
Minister of Education

19 September 2008 Media Statement

More students involved in Youth Apprenticeships

Minister of Education Chris Carter today announced that another 56 schools will be offering students the Youth Apprenticeships Scheme next year.

Extending the apprenticeship scheme to all schools by 2011 is a key component of Schools Plus programme that the Prime Minister outlined today.

Today the government also released the Schools Plus key findings, which summarise the feedback received during two months of discussion in April and May.

Mr Carter said the government received from submitters clear messages about how best to lift participation in education and improve outcomes for all students.

“Young people told us they want better and more in-depth careers education,
increased flexibility in how they learn, a wider choice of subjects and experience, and more practical learning.

“Other contributors mentioned the need for more parental involvement in education, closer partnerships between secondary and tertiary educators, and improved work readiness for school leavers.

Mr Carter said the Youth Apprenticeships Scheme is an effective way to bring the worlds of work and school closer by building clear industry-related pathways so that students can move through school to a career in industry.

“Offering students a course of study directly relevant to their career aspirations is seen as key to keeping young people engaged in learning.”

The Youth Apprenticeships Scheme started as a pilot in 10 schools and has been very successful. Next year 120 schools will offer the scheme with a further 100 schools taking part in 2010. By 2011 Youth Apprenticeships will be available to all secondary schools across New Zealand.

“Schools involved in the scheme to date say it is resulting in greater student participation and motivation.

“These are excellent outcomes for young people and for the country as a whole,” said Chris Carter.


More information on Schools Plus can be found at
PM’s speech and release will be available at


Youth Apprenticeships Scheme expansion

The 56 schools listed below will be offering students the Youth Apprenticeships Scheme in 2009. Another 44 schools will be announced shortly.

Northland -

Kerikeri High School
Okaihau College
Te Kura Taumata O Panguru
Kaitaia College
Tauraroa Area School
Pompallier Catholic College
Mangakahia Area School

Auckland -
Kelston Boys High School
Papatoetoe High School
Sancta Maria College
Edgewater College

Waikato -
Fairfield College (Hamilton)
Matamata College
Huntly College
Waihi College

Bay of Plenty -
Taupo-nui-a-tia College
Tauhara College
John Paul II College
Rotorua Girls' High School

Hawkes Bay -
Lytton High School (Gisborne)
Flaxmere College
Hastings Girls High School
Tamatea High School

Taranaki -
Inglewood High School
Spotswood High School
Opunake High School

Manawatu/Wanganui -
Dannevirke High School
Freyberg High School
Waiopehu College
Wanganui High School
Feilding High School
Cullinane College
Horowhenua College

Wellington/Wairarapa -
Rongotai College
Wellington High School
Kuranui College
Kapiti College
Wainuiomata High School
Wellington College
Tararua College

Nelson/Marl/West Coast -
Waimea College - Nelson
Motueka High School
John Paul High School - Greymouth

Canterbury -
Hillmorton High School, Chch
Lincoln High School, Chch
Mountainview High School, Timaru
Roncalli College, Timaru
Waimate High School
Cashmere High School
Kaiapoi High School
Christchurch Boys' High School

Southland/Otago -
Aurora College
Central Southland College
Blue Mountain College
Kaikorai Valley College
Taieri College


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