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Good to see Government valuing apprenticeships, trades and workplace training.

May 14, 2019

Good to see Government valuing apprenticeships, trades and workplace training.

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ITF Applauds Aotearoa New Zealand Skills Pledge

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.

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The baby is twice as big as the bath.

April 05, 2019

An opinion piece by Josh Williams, Chief Executive, ITF. First published in the National Business Review, 4 April 2019.

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One week to stop apprenticeship reforms

April 01, 2019

This week is the last opportunity to make a submission on the Government’s poorly thought through apprenticeship reforms, Industry Training Federation Chief Executive Josh Williams says

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ITF honoured by call for Māori leaders' hui

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.

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Do not dismantle industry-led training and apprenticeships

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.

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New Zealand's great employers recognised

December 17, 2018

New Zealand's great employers recognised

The first nationwide campaign to recognise and thank employers who have qualified apprentices and trainees is being launched by the Industry Training Federation (ITF).  

Employers, ranging from small family businesses to large multinationals, who had trainees and apprentices complete qualifications in the past 12 months, are being listed in their local newspaper as part of the campaign.  All New Zealand’s 11 Industry Training Organisations (ITOs) are backing the initiative.

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Drilling down into earnings myths

November 15, 2018

New research has again busted the myth that university graduates are always financially better off than apprentices and trainees.

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ITF honours departing Careerforce CEO

November 05, 2018

The Industry Training Federation is today honouring the outstanding contribution of departed Careerforce Chief Executive, Ray Lind.

"We would like to thank Ray for the considerable and invaluable contribution he has made to the industry training sector in his seven and a half years at the helm of Careerforce" says ITF Chief Executive Josh Williams.

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What’s the real cost of tertiary education?

October 30, 2018

New analysis exposing the real cost to taxpayers of tertiary education shows that work-based traineeships and apprenticeships are the most cost-effective and efficient way to provide the skills and qualifications New Zealand needs.

“We believe that the current tertiary system is overly skewed towards institutional learning, and these numbers bear that out,” says Josh Williams Industry Training Federation (ITF) Chief Executive.

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