Welcome to the Industry Training Federation
The Industry Training Federation (ITF) is the national body for New Zealand's eleven Industry Training Organisations (ITOs).
We are the collective voice for the industry training and apprenticeships sector in New Zealand.
We work with key government agencies, education sector groups, employers and industry, promoting the benefits of work-based education and training.
We advocate for education, skills and employment policies to support the development of a skilled, qualified, and productive workforce.
We encourage employer-led education and training, a system that supports lifetime learning, and vocational education that meets real industry needs.
Apprentices are better off than graduates for most of their careers
New BERL research, commissioned by the ITF, uses a lifetime net financial position approach to compare the financial positions of degree holders, apprentices, and people with no qualifications higher than NCEA Level 2. It shows that apprentices enjoy a lower risk career pathway, and are in a stronger financial position for the majority of their career.