LONG-STAND­ING PROB­LEM

Eastern Courier - - YOUR PAPER, YOUR PLACE -

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

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