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Major changes proposed for apprentice training

14 February 2019
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The Minister of Education announced proposed reforms to our sector yesterday and released a consultation document outlining specifics.

Three very significant proposals for change were outlined:

  1. The establishment of a single New Zealand Institute of Skills and Technology with a strong regional network of provision. Essentially this would be a single ITP model for New Zealand.
  2. The redefinition of roles for industry training organisations and the new national institute. This means the new institute would be responsible for both off-job and on-job training.
  3. A reformed and unified funding system.

The proposals represent a very significant change to the current model. We are expecting fuller details over the coming weeks.

We are currently speaking with Government officials, ITOs and other trades training providers. We will be studying the consultative document in depth and will write a well-considered response that will include detail of what we think is the best way to train and support apprentice plumbers, gasfitters and drainlayers.

In writing our response we will be consulting with all Master Plumbers Branches and Associations over the next few weeks.

Read the consultation document HERE

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