“Vocational training is vitally important to New Zealand’s continued growth. There is no doubt that the Vocational Education Training system (VET) has experienced issues for a long time which need addressing. We also believe there are some parts which are working very well. The key is to protect what works while updating the areas which are failing to deliver for New Zealand,” says Quinn.
“At a time when New Zealand needs more skilled employees in the trades, our priority is ensuring the system we develop is fit-for-purpose and will help us deliver the growth New Zealand needs across the next 20 years.
“Much of the current ITO system is working very well and the focus must be on retaining these aspects. However, we understand there are greater issues within the ITP sector and acknowledge the need for greater change there.
“We must be careful to not throw the baby out with the bathwater, and ensure we protect what is working well, particularly for high need sectors such as building and construction.
“As these changes are radical, we will now spend some time working through what they mean for vocational training, employers and apprentices, and the wider industry.”
Quinn says it is important to ensure we continue to meet the immediate needs of our employers and apprentices during this consultation period.
“We believe there is an opportunity to reposition vocational-based qualifications as high-quality career pathways,” he says.
“We look forward to working with the Government and industry to carefully work through the proposal.”
For more information, please contact:
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#tradesforme was a two-day event hosted by BCITO that brought together 430 students from 34 different schools all over Auckland to give them a hands-on experience of what it’s like to work within the construction industry.
Amelia Watts had never imagined entering the painting and decorating trade until she had the opportunity to get some hands-on experience with the help of BCITO and local Waikato firm Wilton Contracting.