Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | News Video | Crime | Employers | Housing | Immigration | Legal | Local Govt. | Maori | Welfare | Unions | Youth | Search

 


Obvious opportunity overlooked in education spending

Budget 2014: Obvious opportunity overlooked in education spending

The Budget has missed an opportunity to boost economic growth because it has not put more resources into up-skilling New Zealand’s current workforce, according to workplace literacy development organisation Workbase.


Chief Executive Katherine Percy agrees with the Budget’s provision for continued investment in science, technology, engineering and mathematics but says it is highly debatable whether more investment in these types of tertiary courses will give the greatest boost to improving New Zealand’s economic growth, innovation and productivity.

“While it is important to equip the future workforce with the necessary skills for a knowledge economy, we are missing out on the up-skilling of the 2.2 million people who are already in jobs. Investing in people who are already working is the greatest opportunity because they are best placed to make an immediate difference.”

Improving the existing workforce’s skills will make a more rapid difference to the economy, while there are future benefits through lifting the skills of those who are currently in the school and tertiary education systems.

Many employed adults, are facing increasingly complex job demands requiring higher levels of communication, literacy, language and numeracy skills yet research shows that around half need support to be better able to understand increasingly complex job tasks, processes and compliance requirements, and to complete study for qualifications.

“There is very limited funding support for employed people who need to build essential higher level literacy, language and numeracy skills to keep up in rapidly changing workplaces and this is holding back growth and constraining productivity.”

Ms Percy says that improving the workforce’s literacy skills will enable the Government to get better traction on its business growth goals through operational improvements, enhanced profitability and increased innovation within workplaces.

“If the Government is truly serious about boosting New Zealand’s economic growth, then it must plan for and resource workforce literacy, language and numeracy skill development”.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

 

Asylum: Dunne Accepts Hundreds Of Postcards On Refugee Categories

Minister Peter Dunne today accepted over 800 postcards calling for convention refugees to have the same entitlements as quota refugees... The campaign has been run with ActionStation together with LUSH Cosmetics, with postcards being signed in stores around New Zealand. More>>

ALSO:

Reshuffle: PM Announces Changes To Ministerial Portfolios

Prime Minister Bill English today announced the appointment of Gerry Brownlee as Minister of Foreign Affairs, Nathan Guy as Minister of Civil Defence, Nikki Kaye as Minister of Education and Mark Mitchell as Minister of Defence. More>>

ALSO:

Q+A Transcript: CTU Call For 'National Standards' On Wages

‘If you look at countries who do better than us, who pay wages better, who have more competitive industries, more successful economies, they have systems where there are national standards.’ More>>

ALSO:

Energy: Greens Launch Plan For Cheaper And Cleaner Electricity

$112 million for winter warm-up payments to help low-income households cover their power bills • setting a goal for 100 percent renewable electricity by 2030 (in average hydrological conditions) • an investigation into the electricity wholesale market. More>>

ALSO:

Health Workers Respond: People's Mental Health Report Released

The People's Mental Health Review reinforces a recent YesWeCare.nz survey of 6,000 health workers, which found nine in 10 believe they don't have the staff or resources to deliver the care Kiwis need when they need it. More>>

ALSO:

More Mental Health:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Politics
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news