Economic slump is good time to do extra training
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
Trainer: MIT dean Paul Jeurissen says tradespeople enrich us.