News & Media
October 21, 2019
Applauding Trades Academy and Gateway Growth
The Industry Training Federation warmly welcomes the Government's announcement of significant additional places for Trades Academy and Gateway programmes for next year.
Trades Academies provide secondary school students the opportunity to experience vocational training in in a tertiary environment, while Gateway provides direct exposure to workplaces, and employers who offer formal workplace training and apprenticeships.
August 01, 2019
The Industry Training Federation (ITF) says that the changes to the vocational education system announced today must be managed very carefully, because New Zealand's skills shortages and productivity issues won't wait.
"We need to build on the efficiency and success of the ITO-led training system to ensure that employers continue to have strong confidence in the future training options available," says ITF Chief Executive Josh Williams.
June 19, 2019
Employers speak out over proposed industry training reforms
May 30, 2019
Budget 2019 investments must deliver workforce skills.
May 14, 2019
Good to see Government valuing apprenticeships, trades and workplace training.
May 03, 2019
ITF Applauds Aotearoa New Zealand Skills Pledge
The announcement that major New Zealand companies have agreed to double their on-job training hours is warmly welcomed by the Industry Training Federation (ITF).
In its report, A Future That Works, the Prime Minister's Business Advisory Council (PMBAC) has rightly identified the need to offer lifelong learning to people through their workplaces, to meet skills and productivity challenges in an increasingly automated world of work.
March 06, 2019
The Industry Training Federation (ITF) is honoured by the announcement that Te Rautaki Whakaroopu group of ITOs will convene an urgent hui taumata, hosted by Waikato-Tainui's College of Research and Development, to discuss the proposed Reform of Vocational Education.
The ITF, and all eleven Industry Training Organisations (ITOs) are signatories to a long-term Kawenata with Waikato-Tainui, signed one year ago.
February 13, 2019
“With today's vocational education reform announcements the Government is proposing to dismantle our industry-led training and apprenticeship system, says Josh Williams, Chief Executive of the Industry Training Federation (ITF).
The reform proposes to shift responsibility for arranging workplace training and apprenticeships from industry-owned and governed Industry Training Organisations (ITOs) to a single government-owned Institute of Skills and Technology.