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Apprenticeship boost is welcome and needed

November 09, 2016

The government’s commitment to invest a further $10 million into industry training and apprenticeships next year is a very welcome and wise investment, says the Industry Training Federation (ITF).  

"Today's announcement will help to fuel growth and meet strong demand for workforce skills." ITF Chief Executive Josh Williams says.

Establishing a target of 50,000 apprentices by 2020 reflects both strong demand, and increased commitment by employers to boost the skills of the workforce through on-the-job training. It comes on top of a boost to apprenticeships in Budget 2016. 

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Media Release : Industry Training and Apprenticeships on the rise.

October 28, 2016

More working New Zealanders are gaining skills and qualifications on the job, earning while they learn, says the Industry Training Federation.
Our industry training and apprenticeship system is improving steadily, according to recently released Tertiary Education Commission 2015 performance reports. Programme completion rates in 2015 were 75 percent, up from 72 percent, and 2015 credit achievement rates were at 80 percent, up from 75 percent in 2014.

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Skills-focused education critical to New Zealand’s future

October 18, 2016

Strengthening New Zealand’s skills and productivity will be in focus of the NZ Vocational Education and Training (VET) Research Forum in Wellington this week.
Researchers, educators, government officials and industry representatives with attend a two day event in Wellington, co-hosted by the Industry Training Federation and Ako Aotearoa, to discuss initiatives and evidence that support good-quality vocational and professional education.

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Media Release: Vocational skills are valued and essential.

September 30, 2016

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Vocational skills are valued and essential. 

The Industry Training Federation (ITF) congratulates the hundreds of New Zealand secondary schools that have broadened senior curriculum through offering vocational pathways to senior students.

ITF also congratulates thousands of young kiwis that have boosted their future options by gaining practical skills for life and work as part of their NCEA qualifications. 

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Productivity Commission raises important questions

September 29, 2016

The draft 'New Models of Tertiary Education' report represents an important opportunity to rethink how the tertiary system delivers the skills and knowledge to drive the economy, says the Industry Training Federation.

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Media Release: Skills Highway changing lives and workplaces

September 12, 2016

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Skills Highway changing lives and workplaces in NZ

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NZMAC ITO launches a new website

August 11, 2016

The NZ Marine and Composites ITO have just launched a fantastic new website with user friendly features which means information is easier to access for both apprentices and employers.  Our new home is at .  You are able to link to this new home from

You’ll find our new website has three main sections; Apprentices, Employers, and Schools.

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ITF honours departing CEO of Hairdressing Industry Training Organisation

July 29, 2016

The Industry Training Federation (ITF) is today honouring the outstanding contribution of departing Hairdressing Industry Training Organisation (HITO) Chief Executive Erica Cumming, following 19 years at HITO, 13 as its Chief Executive.

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ITF welcomes Labour Careers and apprenticeships plan

July 26, 2016

Labour's plan, if elected, to increase apprenticeships and improve pathways from school to work is welcome, says the Industry Training Federation (ITF).

Labour has committed to strengthening the careers profession through investing in careers advice in schools, including careers education in the New Zealand Curriculum, and critically, strengthening partnerships between schools, businesses and training providers.

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ITF National Conference: Creating real futures through industry training and apprenticeships

July 25, 2016

Industry training leaders gather at Te Papa in Wellington this week to celebrate two decades as a Federation, and plan for future growth, as more New Zealanders gain qualifications on-the-job as industry trainees and apprentices.

At a time when many industries are reporting acute skills and training shortages, education, business and government leaders will meet at the Industry Training Federation's (ITF) national conference to discuss skills and training issues and opportunities across the workforce - from school leavers, through to the aging workforce.

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