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May 26, 2016 at 04:30 pm

New investment in apprenticeships, workplace literacy, and Maori and Pasifika Trades Training make this Budget a good one for skills and training, says the Industry Training Federation (ITF). 

Budget 2016 contains several moves that will help develop our skilled workforce.  As well as sorely needed boosts to apprenticeships and Maori and Pasifika Trades Training, the ITF is pleased to see more investment in workplace literacy, which will support 600 more places in 2016 and 900 additional places each year.

"Low literacy is a challenge across the education system and in the end the issue comes to roost in our workplaces.  The need is great, and workplace literacy programmes are making a huge difference in many businesses, as well as wider benefits in homes and communities." Mr Williams says.

The previously announced boosts to apprenticeships and Maori and Pasifika Trades Training are forward looking and positive.  

Several industries are currently facing major shortages, and workplace training and apprenticeships is a proven and efficient way to deliver relevant skills to New Zealanders of all ages.

"To meet the needs of the 21st Century workforce, we need Tertiary Education investing in the skills of working people, in workplaces, throughout their working lives."  Mr Williams says.