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Applauding Trades Academy and Gateway Growth

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.

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NZ's skills and productivity issues won't wait

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.

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Employers speak out over proposed industry training reforms

June 19, 2019

Employers speak out over proposed industry training reforms

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Budget 2019 investments must deliver workforce skills.

May 30, 2019

Budget 2019 investments must deliver workforce skills.

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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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