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Training Report a Dire Warning to NZ Business

Training Report Serves as a Dire Warning to NZ Business

The secretary of the Council of Trade Unions has described a PricewaterhouseCoopers report showing that New Zealand workers receive half as much training as their Australian counterparts as a ‘dire ‘warning’ to business.

CTU secretary Paul Goulter said the report shows our workers get just over a day a year in training, half the Australian average and well below the global average of three days.

“The business that doesn’t make a substantial commitment to training cannot achieve high performance,” said Paul Goulter.

“It can’t be done by stealing trained workers from other companies, because it is the whole training culture of the workplace which is the key to success. “

Paul Goulter said employees would take up jobs where training was offered.

“Young job applicants are now starting to ask two questions at the job interview: ‘how much money?’ and ‘how much training?’,” he said.

Paul Goulter said that only if New Zealand as a nation develops a strong culture of life long learning with formal training schemes in every work place will we achieve the growth and development needed to sustain our population.

“Only if we keep pace with then will we, as a nation, keep our workers and turn around our skills shortages,” he said.

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