Eco­nomic slump is good time to do ex­tra train­ing

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By Carly Tawhiao Auck­land could be fac­ing a chronic skills short­age in the next three years, says a tradeskills ex­pert.

Paul Jeuris­sen says youth should be en­cour­aged into en­gi­neer­ing and trades now to avoid a skills short­age cri­sis.

“De­mand for trades­peo­ple will al­ways be high and there are a di­verse range of ar­eas to train in.”

Mr Jeuris­sen, Auck­land re­gional chair­man for WorldSkills, says trade skills give young peo­ple op­por­tu­ni­ties to be ac­knowl­edged and recog­nised.

“When they get to the world comps like WorldSkills, doors open for them. Big busi­ness is there and they hone in on th­ese kids,” says the Mt Al­bert res­i­dent.

“We hold our own and we’re up there but we need to be strate­gic in how we groom our candidates.”

Mr Jeuris­sen was ap­pointed dean of MIT’s fac­ulty of en­gi­neer­ing and trades last month, and was in the build­ing trade for 14 years

Photo: JA­SON OX­EN­HAM

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