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$50 million must support sustainable work and training.

July 12, 2017

The government’s $50 million fund to help get young people working in regional New Zealand is extremely welcome, but must support young people into sustainable employment and make it easier for employers to take them on, says the Industry Training Federation.

Today, Prime Minister Bill English announced that $42 million will fund the Youth Employment Pathways Programmes in four regions with the highest proportion of young people at risk of long-term unemployment. A further $8 million will fund initiatives to give young Maori the skills and tools they need to find work.

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Apprenticeship boost is welcome and needed.

June 20, 2017

Today's $7 million boost for industry training and apprenticeships is welcome news for employers, industry trainees, and apprentices, in the face of skills shortages across the economy, says the Industry Training Federation.

Tertiary Education Minister Paul Goldsmith and Associate Tertiary Education Minister Louise Upston announced the funding increase this morning at the ITF Workforce Development Summit in Wellington.

Ministers, MPs, agencies, employers, educators, and Industry Training Organisations have gathered to discuss skills, work, and productivity.

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Funding boost will help businesses upskill and upgrade

June 12, 2017

While Budget 2017's gains for work-based education and training were modest, the $3.5 million boost for employer-led literacy and numeracy programmes was a breath of fresh air. 

"This funding recognises the productivity impacts that workplace literacy and numeracy programmes are having in businesses across New Zealand,” says Industry Training Federation Chief Executive, Josh Williams. “Over a million adult New Zealanders have low literacy and numeracy skills. This can create major barriers in people's work and lives.” 

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Budget 2017 offers little for skills

May 25, 2017

Budget 2017 offered little good news for workplace training and apprenticeships, despite high demand, strong jobs growth, and critical skills shortages across many areas of the economy.

There are currently 148,000 industry trainees and apprentices, making employers the largest and fastest growing provider of post-school education in New Zealand.  

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Apprenticeship boom is great news for everyone.

May 04, 2017

The government's confirmation that there are now 43,000 apprentices in New Zealand is great news for everyone, says the Industry Training Federation. 

It's great news for the 43,000 apprentices, developing and applying their skills in the productive economy, earning and learning, on pathways to successful futures in industries crying out for skills.

It's great news for communities because apprentices are productively employed, trained and mentored by skilled people, and becoming future community and business leaders. 

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The infrastructure boost will be powered by skills

April 27, 2017

The government’s announcement of $11 Billion in capital infrastructure over the next four years needs to be underpinned by investment in skills and workplace training, says the Industry Training Federation.

"Today's announcement reflects ongoing confidence in a growing economy and will support jobs growth in many areas." ITF Chief Executive Josh Williams says.  

"However, these are some of the same industries already facing major challenges recruiting enough skilled people to deliver the work".

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Productivity Commission report deserves wider conversation

March 22, 2017

In light of the release of the Productivity Commission's final report, the Industry Training Federation seeks a broader and sector-led conversation for how tertiary education can be more responsive to the needs of the productive sector.
“The report is an impressive undertaking," says Industry Training Federation Chief Executive Josh Williams. "It's the first time in a long time that the whole system has been described in one place, warts and all."

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Employability Skills Framework will help young people get and keep jobs.

February 28, 2017

A new education resource will help young people into successful working futures, says the Industry Training Federation. 
The Employability Skills Framework, launched by the government today, describes the skills and competencies young people need to thrive in the world of work. It has been developed through a partnership of educators, industry training, community, and business representatives.

The framework will help students, employers and educators to be on "the same page" when it comes to employability. 

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Rising numbers of trainees and apprentices is excellent news.

December 07, 2016

The number of apprentices in New Zealand grew by 12 percent over the last two years, and completion rates for industry trainees and apprenticeships are also greatly improved. 

“Work-based learning is on the rise, and that’s great news for all of us,” says Industry Training Federation Chief Executive, Josh Williams. “We now have over 42,000 apprentices in New Zealand, and a further 109,000 industry trainees across a huge range of industries gaining skills and qualifications on-the-job." Mr Williams says.

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Apprenticeship boost is welcome and needed

November 09, 2016

The government’s commitment to invest a further $10 million into industry training and apprenticeships next year is a very welcome and wise investment, says the Industry Training Federation (ITF).  

"Today's announcement will help to fuel growth and meet strong demand for workforce skills." ITF Chief Executive Josh Williams says.

Establishing a target of 50,000 apprentices by 2020 reflects both strong demand, and increased commitment by employers to boost the skills of the workforce through on-the-job training. It comes on top of a boost to apprenticeships in Budget 2016. 

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