Changes to New Zealand’s industry training system will boost the number of apprentices in training and increase support for apprenticeship training, according to a recent government announcement.
High quality workplace-based training that produces more skilled and qualified workers is a critical part of building a faster-growing and more competitive economy, Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment Minister Steven Joyce said. “We expect the changes to drive a higher level of qualification completions in industry training so workers are equipped with transferable skills they can use throughout their working lives.”
The planned changes would improve the performance of the government’s existing investment in industry training by:
Extending the modern apprenticeship support scheme;
Clarifying the role, and performance expectations, of industry training organisations (ITOs);
Enabling learners to transition easily between workplace based and non-workplace based training; and
Ensuring a sustainable funding regime is in place for results-focused industry training.
The proposed changes were a step in the right direction, Phil O’Reilly from BusinessNZ said. “Skills are both a major competitive advantage and a key constraint. Employers consistently voice their need for quality, relevant skills and these changes will help deliver this,” O’Reilly said.
High expectations around the completion of qualifications would help achieve higher skills in the workforce, he added. “More ability for learners to move between workplace based and non-workplace based training will contribute to the goal of a seamless education and training system.”
HR professionals who are interested in making use of the industry training system and employing someone for workplace based training can find out more from the Industry Training Federation [http://www.itf.org.nz/industry-training/].