Reading your article on building more houses, the shortage of apprenticeships started longer than 10 years ago ( Eastern Courier, March 1). One reason is there are far too many selfemployed tradespeople and small companies. They do not have the time or the will to train anyone.
We used to train loads of tradespeople when we had large building companies that built whole affordable subdivisions, when the aim was to house our people, not money at any cost.
My son wanted to do something in the building line, but could find out no information from the careers advisor 15 years ago. While we keep pushing our kids into university education and look down at trades this will continue.
Tradespeople that were around Freedom campers are worrying local residents.
30 years ago have now retired. There are no new tradies to take their place, so it’s far easier to get someone from overseas. The answer to training lies within the industries not the Government.
Lorraine Chilvers Pakuranga