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.
“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.
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.
“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 Williams.