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


Good to see Government valuing apprenticeships

Good to see Government valuing apprenticeships, trades and workplace training.

The Industry Training Federation (ITF) welcomes the Government’s pre-Budget announcement that $197 million will be reallocated from the fees-free tertiary policy to vocational education, and is urging it to use this funding to support more employers to offer workplace traineeships and apprenticeships.

In his pre-Budget speech to the Wellington Chamber of Commerce, Finance Minister Grant Robertson expressed the need for government and businesses to value apprenticeships, trades and workplace training more.

“This is a positive move." says ITF Chief Executive Josh Williams. "We need to aim more of our skills investments towards lifetime upskilling and re-skilling of our workforce, through our workplaces.

"As we have recently argued in our response to the proposed vocational education reforms, we need to see more support for employers to offer workplace training and apprenticeships. This reallocated funding needs to be used to attract and support more employers to engage in workplace training.

There is no better way to learn than by doing the real thing in a real workplace." Mr Williams says. “The existing ITO-led model is already delivering skills to the right place at the right time, matching industry need, and boosting productivity. We should be building on it, not changing it.”

New Zealand has a well-performing and highly cost effective industry training and apprenticeship system, that supports large and small employers to grow the skills and productivity of the workforce. New Zealand leads the OECD in participation rates in formal on-job-training, and 57 percent of all vocational learners are gaining qualifications through their workplaces, supported by Industry Training Organisations. However, the proportion of expenditure on workplace training has been relatively small, at just seven percent of government tertiary education subsidies.

“We agree completely that we need to value apprenticeships and workplace training more, and encourage businesses to join the Aotearoa New Zealand Skills pledge announced by the Prime Minister and her Business Advisory Council." says Mr Williams.

© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Whakaari / White Island Eruption: Body recovery operation

The NZ Defence Force recovered the bodies of six people who tragically died in Monday’s eruption on Whakaari/White Island and will support efforts to recover the bodies of two others in the hope there is resolution for those families. .. More>>


Gordon Campbell: On Welfare Vs Infrastructure Spending

If New Zealand has a pressing need to stimulate its flagging economy, it seems very weird that the government is choosing a $12 billion package of infrastructure spending – mainly on road and rail – that by definition, will take a very long time to deliver their stimulatory benefits ... More>>

New Reports: "Immediate Commitment To Doing Justice Differently"

Justice Minister Andrew Little released two reports today, Turuki! Turuki! from Te Uepū Hāpai I te Ora, and Te Tangi o te Manawanui: Recommendations for Reform from the Chief Victims Advisor. Both recommend a fresh approach to the way criminal justice has been approached... More>>


"Heart-Breaking And Confronting": Surgical Mesh Restorative Justice Report

Minister Genter: “People have talked about losing the life they had enjoyed before surgical mesh harmed them – the loss of a steady job, the ability to exercise, a loving relationship in some cases. Others described the chronic pain they experienced..." More>>


Law Foundation: Government Decryption Powers Must Respect Privacy

The power of government to order users and companies to decrypt encrypted data and devices needs stronger privacy protections and additional safeguards, according to a study published by researchers at the University of Waikato. More>>

Latest 'Discussion Doc': National On Healthcare

National has today released our eighth Discussion Document which focusses on health and outlines a range of policies which will enable more Kiwis to access high-quality healthcare, Leader of the Opposition Simon Bridges says. More>>


Select Committee Report: Combatting Foreign Election Interference

MPs have finally delivered their recommendations to combat foreign interference in elections in a long awaited and much delayed report. More>>

Mosque Attacks: Names Of Arresting Officers Released

Police are now in the position to name the two officers involved in the arrest of the alleged gunman responsible for the attacks on the Al Noor and Linwood Mosques on March 15. More>>

Big, Bold, Permanent Change Needed: Children's Commissioner On 2019 Child Poverty Monitor

“I want to see family incomes dramatically raised by increasing benefits and making the minimum wage a living wage. And the Government needs to move much faster at increasing the supply of social housing..." More>>






InfoPages News Channels