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Welcome to the Industry Training Federation

Featured events

2018 ITF Conference "Skills in a Changing World" - REGISTRATIONS OPEN NOW

EARLYBIRD REGISTRATIONS ARE OPEN - click here for information and registration.

The 2018 ITF Conference will be held at Te Papa Tongarewa on 26 and 27 June 2018.  

International and New Zealand based industry leaders will provide global, national, regional and workplace perspectives on work-based education and training.


Apprentices are better off than graduates for most of their careers

December 2017

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. 

BERL - Modelling Costs v Benefits of Apprenticeship v Degree pathways - Full report

BERL - Modelling Costs v Benefits of Apprenticeship v Degree pathways - Exec Summary

Take the Quiz! Who's better off?

About us

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.
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