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


Boost for employee skills and training

Rt Hon Jacinda Ardern

Prime Minister
MP for Mt Albert



Doubling the time spent on employee training and reskilling will help both the staff and the organisations they work for prepare for the rapidly changing future of work.

That’s the aim of the Aotearoa New Zealand Skills Pledge launched today by the Prime Minister and her Business Advisory Council (BAC). It commits signatories to doubling investment in re-skilling and training hours by 2025, and to report annually on progress.

“A key pillar of this Coalition Government’s economic plan is to reform skills and trade training to address long-term labour shortages and productivity gaps in the economy, to make sure we are prepared for ongoing automation and the future of work,” Prime Minster Jacinda Ardern said.

“We are doing what we can to support business to train and retrain staff through programmes like Mana in Mahi and our Fees Free policy for post-secondary education.

“But achieving this is not possible in isolation so I am extremely grateful for the time and expertise of the BAC members. By working together we can build a productive, sustainable economy that works for everyone and is fit for the 21st Century,” she said.

Most BAC companies have agreed to sign the pledge as have some of the country’s largest employers including Fonterra, Foodstuffs, Bunnings and Auckland International Airport.

The Prime Minister has also asked State Services Commission to see which Government departments are best placed to sign up.

“The report is unique in that you can see automation’s impacts from a task, job, sector and region perspective which is invaluable knowledge for policy makers and businesses,” BAC chair Air New Zealand chief executive Christopher Luxon said.

The Pledge is the first recommendation from the A Future that Works: Harnessing Automation for a More Productive and Skilled New Zealand report, also released today, developed by BAC and consulting firm McKinsey & Company.

Many of the other recommendations are relevant to Government work already under way.

Organisations can sign up to the Aotearoa New Zealand Skills Pledge and download the BAC report at


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On Allegations Of Left Wing Media Bias

“Left wing bias” accusations date back at least to the mid 1990s, when complaints were commonly being levelled at RNZ’s Morning Report programme, largely by National MPs discomfited by being interviewed by Kim Hill.

The charge of left wing bias was ridiculous then, and is ridiculous now. More>>


Next Wave Of Reforms: Gun Registration And Licensing Changes Announced

“The Bill includes a register to track firearms and new offences and penalties that can be applied extraterritorially for illegal manufacture, trafficking, and for falsifying, removing, or altering markings – which are a new requirement under the Firearms Protocol.” More>>


Gordon Campbell: On Labour’s Mishandling Of The Alleged Sexual Assault

The focus of Labour’s alleged sexual assault scandal has now shifted from the party organisation to the Beehive... This is now a crisis of Beehive management and response, not something occurring at a distance within the party organisation. More>>


'History Rectified': Rua Kēnana To Be Pardoned

An official pardon for Tūhoe prophet and leader Rua Kēnana is one step closer after the Te Pire kia Unuhia te Hara kai Runga i a Rua Kēnana: Rua Kēnana Pardon Bill was read in Parliament for the first time today. More>>


Mental Health: Initial Mental Health And Wellbeing Commission Appointed

The Government has announced details of the initial Mental Health and Wellbeing Commission which will play a key role in driving better mental health in New Zealand. More>>


people outside the meeting house at WaitangiEducation: NZ History To Be Taught In All Schools

“We have listened carefully to the growing calls from New Zealanders to know more about our own history and identity. With this in mind it makes sense for the National Curriculum to make clear the expectation that our history is part of the local curriculum and marau ā kura in every school and kura,” Jacinda Ardern said. More>>


Sexual Assault Claims Mishandled: Labour Party President Resigns

Jacinda Ardern: “This morning I was provided some of the correspondence from complainants written to the party several months ago. It confirms that the allegations made were extremely serious, that the process caused complainants additional distress, and that ultimately, in my view, the party was never equipped to appropriately deal with the issue…" More>>


Budget Process: Wellbeing To Be Enshrined In Law

Legislation has been introduced in Parliament to ensure every Government considers the wellbeing of New Zealanders when creating future budgets. More>>

National In China: Bridges Praises CCP, Meets Law Enforcement Head

A recent trip to China has raised questions over who the Opposition leader Simon Bridges met with and why... Anne-Marie Brady, a Canterbury University professor and expert on Chinese politics, has described Guo Shengkun as the leader of the Chinese secret police. More>>


Gordon Campbell: On The SIS/GCSB’s Compliance With Torture

Torture is a crime under international law. New Zealand has signed (a) the UN convention against torture and (b) formal agreements about how armed conflict should be conducted. That’s the legal backdrop to the fascinating report released this week by the SIS Inspector-General.





InfoPages News Channels