Govt delivering on election promises
THE South Waikato region is fortunate to house a range of industries that contribute to the economy. Agriculture, dairy and forestry add value to the district, as well as helping New Zealand’s economy.
National supports these industries and has a plan to encourage investment, strengthen our economy and boost jobs for New Zealanders.
The Government’s priorities are to responsibly manage the Government’s finances to return to surplus and reduce debt; create a more competitive and productive economy; drive better results money from public services and support the rebuild of Christchurch.
National has introduced 90-day trials to support people into work ; we set time limits for the consenting of large projects under the RMA; developed our untapped oil and gas resources; got ACC back into financial shape and kick-started a multi-billion dollar programme of infrastructure investment.
We want New Zealand to become a magnet for investment.
This Government is encouraging investment through our Business Growth Agenda by reducing costs and uncertainties for business; ensuring our people have the right skills to contribute to the workforce; building infrastructure that New Zealanders can rely on; unlocking the potential of our natural resources; delivering more and higher-quality trade agreements; boosting our capital markets and investing more in innovation.
As part of this we want to build a skilled workforce and ensure we have the people we need to help with the rebuild of Christchurch. So we are boosting the number of people in apprenticeships and combining all apprentices into an expanded and improved scheme – New Zealand Apprenticeships.
These new apprenticeships will provide the same level of support, and the same level of subsidy, for all apprentices. Overall subsidy payments will be increased by around $12 million in the first year.
We’re giving the first 10,000 new apprentices who enrol after April 1 up to $2000 towards tools and course-related costs. Their employers will receive the same amount.
As a result of these changes we estimate that around 14,000 additional apprentices will start training over the next five years.
National was re-elected in 2011 with a clear plan to build a fastergrowing economy supporting more jobs, higher incomes, and better public services. And this is what we are delivering.
If you would like more information or would like to let me know your thoughts, email Upston.sthwaikato@ parliament.govt.nz or phone Viv in the South Waikato Electorate Office on 07 886 5554.