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August 20, 2018
School leavers who engage in apprenticeships and trades training are making a smart choice which will set them up for a lucrative and rewarding future.The national “Got A Trade? Got It Made!” campaign kicks off today. It highlights the advantages of an on-the-job tertiary education, introduces young people to industry training organisations (ITOs) who can put them on the earn and learn pathway, and connects school leavers to employers who want to invest in their future.“Jobs are changing, but skilled trades and human services have a secure future as these are the hardest to automate.
August 09, 2018
The Government’s “Mana in Mahi – Strengthen Work” scheme’s commitment to industry training is a good start but the Industry Training Federation (ITF) wants to see similar wage support extended to all employers of new apprentices, not just long-term jobseekers.
“Any opportunity which encourages more employers to offer training is a step in the right direction, but we don’t think “Mana in Mahi” goes far enough to encourage more employers to invest in tomorrow’s workforce,” says ITF Chief Executive Josh Williams.
August 01, 2018
The Industry Training Federation warmly welcomes today’s announcement that microcredentials will be recognised as part of the New Zealand Qualifications Framework. Industries have been looking for new and more flexible ways to recognise skill sets developed in response to changing technologies, employment structures and work requirements. “If anything is certain about the future of work it is that people will need to upgrade skills throughout their careers” says ITF Chief Executive Josh Williams.
May 17, 2018
The Industry Training Federation is disappointed to see no new investment in on-the-job training and apprenticeships in Budget 2018. Skills shortages are rampant, employment is high, technology is changing, the workforce is aging, and there are a lot of houses to build. Employers will need support to train workers in that industry and many others.
March 28, 2018
The ITF welcomes the government’s plan to restore the skills leadership role of Industry Training Organisations (ITOs), which confirms a commitment of Labour's Future of Work Commission, and New Zealand First’s Election manifesto.
“As industry-owned entities, ITOs are uniquely placed to understand the current and future skill needs of their industries” says Industry Training Federation Chief Executive Josh Williams.
February 21, 2018
The Industry Training Federation welcomes the government's three-year work programme for education announced today, and looks forward to engaging with the government in its wide-ranging summit process.
Industries rely on the education system delivering the skills and adaptability that people will need to thrive in a changing world of work, no matter which pathway through the system they follow.
December 05, 2017
The Industry Training Federation (ITF) welcomes today's details on fees-free tertiary education eligibility, but is disappointed by restrictions that suggest few trainees and apprentices will still be eligible for support by the time they become a trainee or apprentice.
"The government saves enormously every time it invests in an industry trainee." ITF Chief Executive Josh Williams says. "Fees are lower, subsidies are much lower, the skills are matched to industry needs, and the students are economically active, paying tax rather than drawing on student support."
December 02, 2017
New research by Berl is questioning the widely held belief that a university education leads to a more successful career for a school-leaver than an apprenticeship - Apprentices are financially better off than university graduates throughout most of their careers.
“Apprentices contribute to the economy earlier, earn earlier, buy a house earlier and contribute to KiwiSaver earlier, and pay off their mortgage earlier” says Industry Training Federation Chief Executive Josh Williams who commissioned the research.
October 19, 2017
Boosting apprentices and improving support for employers who take on apprentices will be top of our list to discuss with the new Labour-led coalition government, says the Industry Training Federation.
"We welcome the new Government, and we look forward to working together to help grow New Zealand’s skilled workforce," says ITF Chief Executive, Josh Williams. "The Industry Training and Apprenticeships sector is in a good place and workplace learning is stronger than ever."