North Shore Times : January 31st 2013
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The Government s new pack- age of initiatives is about increasing opportunities for in-work training for all Kiwis by expanding and improving our apprenticeship training system. The new initiatives include: From January 1, 2014, the Government will combine Modern App- renticeships and other apprenticeship-type training under an expan- ded scheme called New Zealand Apprentice- ships. These new app- renticeships will provide the same level of sup- port, and the same level of subsidy, for all app- rentices, regardless of their age. Overall funding for apprenticeships will be boosted. The current top- up for Modern App- rentices will be redis- tributed across all app- rentices, regardless of age, as an extension to their learning subsidy. In addition, overall subsidy payments will be increased by around $12 million in the first year, rising over time. Increased funding for apprenticeships will allow industry training organisations to invest in the quality of education for apprentices, lower fees for employers and encourage growth in the uptake of apprentice- ships. Te educational content of apprenticeships will be boosted. At a mini- mum they will require a programme of at least 120 credits that results in a level four qualifi- cation. Clearer roles and per- formance expectations for ITOs will be set. Employers will also be given other options if their ITOs don t perform. The profile of, and par- ticipation in, apprentice- ships will be lifted. The Government is going to give the first 10,000 new apprentices who enrol after April 1 this year $1000 towards their tools and off-job course costs, or $2000 if they are in priority construction trades. The same amount will also be paid to their employers. Competition will be increased by allowing employers direct access to industry training funding. We expect the changes to the appren- ticeship system will drive a higher level of qualification completions in industry training so more workers, especially young people, are equip- ped with transferable and practical skills they can use throughout their working lives, Mr Joyce says. By rebooting app- renticeships the Govern- ment estimates there will be an additional 14,000 new apprentices starting training over the next five years -- over and above the 7000 who enrol every year. These changes are part of our comprehen- sive suite of vocational training reforms which are creating a simpler, more effective, vocat- ional training system. Other initiatives include providing clear vocational pathways for young people interested in a vocational career, Trades Academies and Youth Guarantee places to ease transitions from secondary school to vocational training, and a major reduction in the number of qualifications at Levels One to Six to make the system easier to navigate for students and employers. Delivering skilled and safe workplaces is a key plank of the Govern- ment s business growth agenda to lift pro- ductivity, deliver higher wages and living standards, and build a faster-growing and more competitive economy.
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