Boost for ap­pren­tices

Central Leader - - OUT & ABOUT - MADI­SON REIDY

A $7 mil­lion boost to ap­pren­tice­ship train­ing an­nounced by the Gov­ern­ment on Tues­day recog­nises ‘‘the real need’’ for more trade work­ers, train­ing or­gan­i­sa­tions say.

The money will be added to the $14.4m an­nounced in last year’s Bud­get that is be­ing rolled out over the next four years to sup­port over 2000 ap­pren­tice­ships.

Ter­tiary Ed­u­ca­tion, Skills and Em­ploy­ment Min­is­ter Paul Goldsmith an­nounced the ad­di­tional fund­ing at the In­dus­try Train­ing Fed­er­a­tion Work­force Devel­op­ment Sum­mit in Welling­ton on Tues­day.

Goldsmith said: ‘‘The Gov­ern­ment is will­ing to put the re­sources in, but we also need the sup­port of par­ents, teach­ers, ca­reers ad­vi­sors, and busi­nesses if we are to get more young Ki­wis into the trades.’’

‘‘In­dus­try trainees and ap­pren­tice­ships are in high de­mand, and sup­port­ing work-based train­ing is a pri­or­ity for this Gov­ern­ment.’’

In­dus­try train­ing Fed­er­a­tion chief Josh Wil­liams said the ex­tra fund­ing was needed be­cause in­dus­tries were ‘‘cry­ing out for skills’’.

The 148,000 trainees and ap­pren­tices cur­rently in paid train­ing were fur­ther­ing their ca­reers with­out rack­ing up a stu­dent loan, he said.

The boost Gov­ern­ment has a tar­get of train­ing 50,000 trade ap­pren­tices by 2020.

There are 148,000 trainees and ap­pret­ices cur­rently in paid train­ing in New Zealand.

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