Industry Training Reforms
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What is happening to industry training?

On 13th Feb the Government released proposed reforms to industry training and this affects you.

The proposed changes include:

A Polytech mega-merger

All polytechs will be replaced by a new nationwide organisation: the NZ Institute of Skills & Technology

New Polytech System

The new national Polytech will have all the responsibility for training delivery and arranging classroom (off job) and work-based (on job) learning.

No ITO support

Industry owned ITOs (like Skills) will no longer arrange training or support the learning and assessment of apprentices in the workplace.

What does this mean for employers?

Your involvement in industry training is critical. Employers ensure that workplace learning is relevant and immediately applied to business needs. The proposed changes would mean:

Centralised training

Industry training will be centralised with a national institution.

Level of influence reduced

Your ability to influence and control how workplace training occurs and how it fits your business needs, will be reduced.

No ITO support

You will no longer be supported, on a day-to-day basis, by industry owned ITOs.

Your Say Matters!

We have a 6 week window to give feedback to the Government on proposed changes to industry training. There are 145,000 trainees and apprentices, and 25,000 businesses in New Zealand, combined we are a large voice.

Here are three ways you can make your voice heard:

We also encourage you to meet with your local MP.  All MPs are listed here.









Industry training needs funding, not fixing

Aaron Dempsey, Director of Grammar Electrical is an influential member of the industry who acts as a business advisor to other trades-based businesses. He recently wrote an article for Voxy which gave strong insight into the opinions of trades-based businesses and their views on the Government’s proposed changes to vocational education. View his full commentary here.

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