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2014/13 Media Statements

Health and Safety Reform Must Strengthen Training

15 May 2014

Training is not emphasised enough in the government’s Health and Safety Reform Bill, says Industry Training Federation Chief Executive Mark Oldershaw. Read more.

Tertiary Strategy needs Industry Support

14 March 2014

Industry must have a bigger role to achieve the government’s tertiary education priority to ‘deliver skills for industry’, says the Industry Training Federation.

“The Tertiary Education Strategy, released last week, is refreshing,” says ITF Chief Executive Mark Oldershaw.  “Graduates need skills to get jobs and to stay in them. The strategy gives vocational education much more prominence, which reflects the many thousands of industry trainees who enhance our skilled workforce each year.” Read More.

Tertiary Education Strategy Just the Start

5 March 2014

The Industry Training Federation welcomes today’s release of the Government’s Tertiary Education Strategy.

“With a clear focus on delivering skills for industry this places industry training organisations at the center of skills development and ensures that New Zealand is well placed for future economic growth” said the Industry Training Chief Executive Mark Oldershaw. Read More.

Apprenticeship Reboot Announcement Timely

18 December 2013

The Industry Training Federation welcomes the Government’s announcement today to extend the reboot subsidy for eligible apprentices and trainees by another 4,000 places.

“This is an appropriate adjustment by the Government to extend the reboot scheme as it has proved to be successful” say the Industry Training Federation Chief Executive Mark Oldershaw. “The initial allocation open to the first 10,000 eligible apprentices and trainees will be fully taken up by the end of this year and as such an extension seemed to be a natural thing to do. I would expect that the additional 4,000 will be taken up quickly and my belief is that further investment in industry training would be entirely justified.” Read More.

Industry Training Federation welcomes Tertiary Education Strategy

2 October 2013

The Industry Training Federation welcomes the acknowledgement of vocational education and training in the government’s Tertiary Education Strategy, released today.

“We’re delighted the government gives credit to vocational education for the first time in this strategy,” says ITF Chief Executive Mark Oldershaw. “We’re looking forward to working alongside government during consultation to make sure vocational training and industry training is given enough emphasis in the final strategy.” Read More.

Glaring gap in Government's Health and Safety report

8 August 2013

The ITF welcomes the report released by the Government today on Health and Safety but thinks there should be a much stronger focus on education and training. “While we support the Government’s announcement to look at embedding health and safety at levels 1-6 on the NZ Qualifications Framework, this announcement is buried deep in the announcement,” says ITF chief executive Mark Oldershaw. “Training and educating workers should be the very first recommendation to ensure safer workplaces.” Read more

Incease in Maori and Pasifika Trades Training a Great Move

9 May 2013

The Industry Training Federation (ITF) endorses the announcement by Government today of a major expansion of Maori and Pasifika Trades Training. ITF Chief Executive Mark Oldershaw stated that it was another endorsement of the success and importance of industry training. Read more

Maori learners benefit from work-based training

11 April 2013

Maori learners are getting more out of workplace-based training in recent years according to the Industry Training Federation, as the results of a two-year research project are released. Chief executive of the Industry Training Federation, Mark Oldershaw, said industry training is of increased importance for New Zealand’s transition to a skills-based economy. “With Maori youth set to become an increasingly larger proportion of the working population in upcoming years, the findings of the research are both very relevant and timely. It’s critical that we encourage more Maori youth into industry training and make sure we do all we can to ensure they succeed and thrive." Read more 

Vocational Pathways to make NCEA more understandable for Employers and Students

4 April 2013

Learning will become more relevant, students more work-ready and employers will better understand the NCEA system with the help of Vocational Pathways, says Industry Training Federation Chief Executive Mark Oldershaw. Read more


Changes to apprenticeships get the thumbs up

25 January 2013

Government changes announced today will help raise the validity of apprenticeship training and make it easier for employers to take part, Industry Training Federation Chief Executive Mark Oldershaw said today.

Prime Minister John Key and Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment Steven Joyce have today announced results of an 18-month review into industry training. Read more