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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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Great to see action on skills

October 04, 2018

The ITF welcomes the government’s announcements today confirming the elements of the Construction Skills Action Plan.

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Earn and Learn is the smart choice for today's school leavers

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.

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Mana in Mahi - Strengthen Work scheme should be strengthened

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.

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Microcredentials a welcome addition to industry training and apprenticeship system.

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.

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Budget 2018 has no action on skills

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.

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Restoring Skills Leadership will benefit individuals and industries

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.

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